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Partners' resignations could leave town without a GP

A practice in North Wales is set to close after the two GPs partners in charge decided to resign as a result of workload pressures, leaving a whole town without GPs unless new recruits are found.

The local health board confirmed to Pulse that the health centre at Blaenau Ffestiniog, with a population of 5,000 people, will close in January next year after the GPs had resigned, but said there are plans to open a new surgery on another site.

However, the new health centre will not open for 12 months, and the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board told Pulse that they are looking for new GPs to work out of the current practice.

According to local reports, town councillors are seeking an urgent meeting with the health board to discuss the potential crisis in local GP cover in an area with a major recruitment problem.

In a statement, the health board said: ‘The two GPs in Blaenau Ffestiniog have given notice of resignation of their contract, which will take effect at the end of January 2015. The major reason for the resignation is the workload pressure.

‘The health board will be advertising for new GPs to take over the contract and will also look at other ways in which primary care services can be provided in the area.’

Pulse understands one of the GP partners at the practice plans to retire, while the other is moving on. The health board said it is planning to set up a new primary and community healthcare centre in the town, where a new GP surgery will eventually be sited.

Councillor Paul Thomas told local paper the Daily Post the problem had arisen out of stress resulting from the closure last year of the local hospital.

He said: ‘The news the remaining two doctors will be leaving is shocking and terrible for the area. As of right now everything is up in the air, we have no idea what the future holds and that doesn’t help the doctors who are already under so much stress.’

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Readers' comments (15)

  • It was fairly predictable that places like North Wales (beautiful as it is) would get hit first by the annihilation of GPs by this government. The burning question is, is it possible for this to happen in the home counties? That will have a pretty disastrous effect on house prices as certain areas are rendered devoid of medical care. Sadly it's only when important votes are lost that the politicians will realise what they have done.

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  • I feel so sad for th

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  • I feel so sad for these GPs. I expect they have worked tirelessly for years for their patients and have been left with no alternative.
    I feel particularly sympathetic for the non-retiring GP as it would be a nightmare to be left on your own in this situation.
    I hope that the hinges you are moving on to are fulfilling and make you happy.

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  • Partner in North West England suburban area, south of Manchester. Early 40s.

    I go 1/2 time in one month after 17 years of F/T GP. I won't be looking back, or regretting it.

    There will have to be a HUGE about-turn in public and govt attitude. Believe me my friends, it aint going to happen in our lifetimes.

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  • a taste of what is to come

    my sympathy is for the GPs affected only.

    Let politicians, the media, the quangos, the public clear up their own mess.

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  • I work in Wales I resigned from FT partnership few weeks ago. I use to wake up thinking I really don't want to go to work [ not like me ] I decided enough is enough time to jump ship. Now I am working for private firm and I tell you what life is better . The point is friends think about yourself and your family first . No one will think about you if you are burnt out.

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  • Just Your Average Joe

    It is only when something you loved is gone - do you truly realise its value.

    Politicians will sell the NHS and Primary care to their friends in private healthcare and then it will be too late.

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  • "... There are 255 Parliamentarians with recent or present financial private healthcare connections. Below is the full breakdown of the Lords, MPs, and other people in parliament who are now dismantling the HHS..."

    http://socialinvestigations.blogspot.co.uk/p/key-facts-of-lords-and-mps-connections.html

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  • 225 parliamentarians have recent or present financial private healthcare connections
    145 Lords have recent or present financial connections to companies or individuals involved in healthcare
    124 Peers benefit from the financial services sector
    1 in 4 Conservative Peers have recent or present financial connections to companies or individuals involved in healthcare
    1 in 6 Labour Peers have recent or present financial connections to companies or individuals involved in healthcare
    1 in 6 Crossbench Peers have recent or present financial connections to companies or individuals involved in healthcare
    1 in 10 Liberal Democrat Peers have recent or present financial connections to companies or individuals involved in healthcare
    75 MPs have recent or present financial links to companies or individuals involved in private healthcare
    81% of these are Conservative
    4 Key members of the Associate Parliamentary Health Group have parliamentarians with financial connections to companies or individuals involved in healthcare
    4 Patrons of the pro-reform think tank 2020health have Peers with private healthcare links
    Nearly 40% of the most powerful individuals in healthcare are from companies with links to Lords and MPs.
    4 MPs and 1 Lord have worked for Huntsworth Health, run by a Peer who gave money to Cameron’s leadership campaign
    25 of the Finalists in the HealthInvestors Awards 2012 have parliamentarians connected to them
    2 companies, DACBeachcroft, Cumberlege Connections, which have Lords as a partner and as an owner respectively, moved themselves into a position to make money from the reforms as the Lords voted on the bill, and before the bill became Act
    5 organisations link to Baroness Cumberlege: Her company, Cumberlege Connections, Associate Parliamentary Health Group, 2020health, Huntsworth plc, MJM, healthcare solutions
    19 Lords and MPs have financial links to Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline
    9 Lords and MPs have received payment from a company run by Baroness Cumberlege, called Cumberlege Connections, which is a healthcare training and political networking company
    1 – the amount of times the BBC challenged Andrew Lansley in the last three years on his donation received to fund his private office when shadow health minister from John Nash the chairman of Care UK. Mr Nash was made a Lord.
    All were able to vote on the Health and Social Care bill (now Act), despite having a prejudicial interest, which would not have been allowed at local council level

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  • i am understand fully reason behind.
    i am also going to leave partnership end of this month after 8 years.
    going to get my freedom and smile back soon.
    enough is enough

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