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11,000 patients set to lose GP practice as another two close down

Two more GP practice closures are set to leave 11,000 patients having to try to register elsewhere.

The Malling Health Wreking walk-in centre and 8,000-patient GP practice is due to close in July, after NHS Telford and Wrekin CCG decided not to extend its APMS contract.

The CCG said it opted not to renew services at the centre because it was no longer fulfilling its role in offering same day urgent appointments and its premises were no longer fit for purpose.

It has pledged to reinvest the funding into the surrounding practices, but the Shropshire Star reports local councillors expressed their ‘utter dismay’ at the decision and are calling for a public enquiry.

Dr Jo Leahy, clinical chair of NHS Telford and Wrekin CCG, said: ‘It is understandable that the decision will be met with some apprehension,’

‘Given that the centre requires a £500,000 refurbishment and a multi-million pound replacement in the next three years, we feel the money would be better spent on existing practices with modern and up-to-date premises, which can be enhanced with further funding.’

Meanwhile, 3,000 patients registered with Wollaton Vale Health Centre in Nottingham have been told that the practice will be closing as single-handed GP Dr Khashayar Ghaharian is ‘very ill’.

Members of the practice’s patient participation group have launched a campaign to keep the practice open, according to Nottingham Post.

Readers' comments (3)

  • Malling were meant to be mainly a walk in centre but grew to 8000 GMS practice and were not providing a proper WI facility. Of the patients they did see 40% were their own patients so in effect they were being paid twice!
    Having said that there are still 8000 worried patients looking for a new practice to join.

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  • Malling was being paid £135 per patient in Medway with additional money for KPIs. These APMS Practices were paid more than double the money given for patient care to GMS contract holders. APMS was a big scam planned and abetted by DoH and NHSE bosses. It's coming to it's end though the process is painfully slow. The scammers probably have other wizardry in the pipeline - we'll soon find out where they now siphon the money from patient care.One of them is new IT projects if you haven't yet realized.

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  • There are practices on £250 per patient and some on £70 as I pointed out over the years.
    This gives the large practices a higher reward or if your mate was on pct pcg or CCG bodies..shame

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