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Over 1,500 patients left without a GP after practice closures

More than 1,500 patients have been left without a GP after two practices in Leicester closed earlier this year.

Maples Surgery closed in February, and the Queen’s Road Medical Centre shut on 31 March with patients urged to re-register at other practices before then.

However, around 700 of Maples Surgery’s patients and 855 from Queen’s Road Medical Centre have not yet done so.

Local commissioners have said that practices are having issues with capacity.

This comes after Pulse revealed that 200,000 patients were forced to move surgeries due to practice closures and mergers last year, while GP leaders have previously warned about the problems neighbouring practices have with capacity when a local practice closes.

According to the Leicester Mercury, John Holliday, interim head of primary care commissioning at NHS Leicester City CCG, said at a board meeting: ‘We know of GPs who have said they are keen to take new patients. But there has been the odd practice which is having issues with capacity.

’We’re fairly optimistic at this stage that the number of people without a GP is not going to be substantial given the rate of patients re-registering to a practise of their choice. We’re hoping the majority will do this.’

If patients do not re-register at another practice by mid-April, they will automatically be registered at a nearby practice.

In December, Dr Jonathan Lenten who ran the Queens Road Medical Centre sent a letter to patients saying: ‘Unfortunately, in the current healthcare environment, small practices are becoming unviable, as the workload has reached an unsustainable level and access to funding is becoming more and more difficult for practices set up like ours in the traditional way.’

Last year, Pulse reported that GPs were being offered a £25 ‘administrative payment’ for every patient they agree to take on from the 3,000-patient list of a closing neighbouring practice, 

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As part of the Stop Practice Closures campaign, Pulse has revealed that 200,000 patients were displaced when their practice folded last year

Last month, the BMA revealed that a survey of 2,830 practices found that 294 practices (10%) regard themselves as financially unsustainable within the next year.

Meanwhile, NHS England formally identified over 800 GP practices as vulnerable as part of its work to allocate £10m worth of support funding

Readers' comments (10)

  • Ghost patients.

    Not all, but lots of them.

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  • 19,000 patients just about to lose their GP in Swindon

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  • There is a point at which you realise you are no longer tipping, but falling.

    NHS Manager08 Apr 2016 2:56pm - Nothing I have to say to you is polite, but I heartily disagree with your errant assumptions.

    ps. Has anyone spotted that under the new fee structure a practice of 18k will pay 35p/patient, but tiny ones will pay over 80p. Yet more stacking the odds against small, high continuity traditional practices. Super-size the organisation, and super-size the NHS debt.

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  • Ghost patients.
    Not all, but lots of them.
    NHS Manager @ 2 56

    Classy trolling
    so that's all right then! There isn't a problem! You can all go back to the golf course guys:):)

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  • 'Ghost patients.

    Not all, but lots of them.'

    I would suggest many will simply have not re-registered as they have yet to have a need. I had not seen a GP for well over 20 years and would not have noticed if it had closed. Similar patients balance the frequent attenders - unfortunately this is lost income to Primary Care.

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  • Good. Stick a couple of zeros on 1500 and then we might at least make the news. I dream of a whole town somewhere in the Tory South east suddenly finding their GPs have told NHSE to shove it and emigrate en masse. I mean, who will give Tarquin his melatonin when we are gone?

    Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got till its gone....

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  • Harley Thespaniel


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  • Runt
    Enough already
    Resign you unacceptable imbecilic liar
    You are failing the British people

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  • You are forced to take on more and more patients, even though you cannot cope as it is.
    There goes the break, Maureen!!

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  • what frustrating even more is the demand and the time waisted to fulfill the CQC visits !!! we need to fill the wholes on the wall , change chair sand carpets because we have CQC visit !!!! and the practice needs to pay when the income going down hill , the NHS losing common sense

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