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GP practice closing after failed two-year partner search

A GP practice has given notice that it will close down after failing to recruit a replacement GP principal for two years.

Despite having given notice of their planned retirement way back in 2013, the two partners currently holding the contract for St Luke’s Medical Centre in Gloucester have failed to recruit a single GP willing to take over as principal.

Writing to patients, practice manager Adam Beard said the partners had ‘not taken the decision lightly’ but have concluded they can no longer go on, and as a result the practice closing date has been set as 30 September.

But he added that the practice was placing its final hope in the potential of any of the other local practices agreeing to merge with the practice and keep it open as a branch surgery.

The letter said: ‘Many of you will know that in August 2013 our two partners, Drs Evans and Pride, announced their intention to retire… Despite concerted efforts to replace the partners, we have not managed to do this, and they have now reached the point where they do not feel able to continue.

‘They have therefore given notice on their contract with the NHS… Their decision to do this was not taken lightly, and comes after having pursued a number of options to recruit new partners to the practice. This included extensive advertising through a variety of channels in the UK and abroad.’

As part of the Stop Practice Closures campaign, Pulse recently revealed that more than 160,000 patients have now been displaced by practice closures.

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Readers' comments (11)

  • This 4 Dr (4000 patient) seems to have closed because no Drs sympathetic to the anthroposophic approach to medicine could be found to take it over.

    A wiki review suggests why it is probably unfamiliar to, and contrary to the working beliefs of most UK GPs.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3178832/GP-practice-4-000-patients-closes-67-years-NHS-chiefs-couldn-t-doctors-run-it.html

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  • I haven't read the article mentioned in the comment above....but it's in the Daily Mail so no doubt it's one sided biased crap

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  • If there are no GPS there are no GPS. Close and move on to brighter seas.

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  • Daily mail quote: "Clinic specialises in anthroposophic medicine and health chiefs struggled to find GPs with an interest or expertise in the field"

    ...Googles "anthroposophic medicine"

    ...reasons for closure suddenly become clear.

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  • there's often more to these stories than we are told.

    comment at 12.44 is an interesting new one I hadn't heard before.

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  • Hmm just read their website. Anthroposophic medicine is a new one to me and would set my woo woo alarm off.

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  • the following is from wikipedia, if this is what they believed then it is no wonder they would struggle to recruit new GPs!

    "Professor of complementary medicine Edzard Ernst and other critics have characterized anthroposophic medicine as unscientific, pseudoscientific, and quackery. Anthroposophic medicine claims that the heart does not pump blood but that blood propels itself along."

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  • http://www.nhs.uk/Services/GP/ReviewsAndRatings/DefaultView.aspx?id=44647

    mixed reviews

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  • Russell Thorpe

    Anthroposophic medicine claims that the heart does not pump blood but that blood propels itself along." it's all magic! Who would want the ladies and gentlemen that chose this as their practice? Cue rude awakening

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  • I'm not impressed by Pulse's article. It seems to omit information crucial to an understanding of the realities of this case. Is Pulse promoting a scare by withholding information or just poor journalism? Not good either way.

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