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Hospital trust takes over ninth GP practice

A 5,000-patient GP practice has become the latest to be taken over by the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.

This is the ninth practice to come under the running of the hospital, which now has 70,000 GP patients and employs 43 GPs.

This includes the three GP partners of the Coalway Road Surgery, who have become salaried to the hospital as part of the takeover.

The trust began offering GP services with the takeover of eight GP practices last year as part of an 'open-ended' pilot.

At the time, local GP leaders said GP partners were motivated by financial ‘non-viability’ and workforce shortages, with the move viewed as ‘handing over the problem to someone else’.

But Coalway Road Surgery, which is currently rated as 'requires improvement' by the CQC, said the move would improve patient care.

Interim practice manager Theresa Philips said: 'The practice feels that joining Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust will allow them to develop working relationships with the hospital and other GP practices to ensure the patients receive the appropriate care and attention.

‘We as a practice feel this is the way forward in care where both secondary and primary care work together as one.’

David Loughton, chief executive of the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, said: ‘I am delighted that the team from Coalway Road Surgery have decided to work more closely with us and welcome them to the trust.'

Readers' comments (8)

  • Interested to know what it's like to work there.

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  • Could PULSE take a look at such a practice and report the pros and cons?

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  • Bad for GPs and trust....no you wont be able talk to RWT salaried GP without their permission

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  • That’s a really good idea, if the aim is to cause the max amount of suffering to both patients and GPs. It’s an even better idea if privatisation is what’s driving all this. Have your card readers at the ready folks.

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  • Ask yourself how happy our consultant colleagues are,if anything like our local DGH, the names change as quickly as the traffic lights.No continuity and I suspect they are being treated like s****.

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  • Situation in reverse up here - local hospital trust owned GP company just dumped 5-6000 patients onto hard-pressed and vulnerable neighbouring practices in Blyth when they found their APMS contract and GP recruitment too hard and handed the contract back. Desperately grim.

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  • steps towards a nationwide salaried model?

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  • Model isnt a take over...GPs retain the contract but then subcontract it to the trust who then employ the GPs on same salary...however they are employees of trust and follow trust rules otoh they are also still expected to do their previous jobs...hence the tensions....as for cover idea is to use post cct fellows to fill the gaps...and the gaps in the hospital by making the posts have an element of you can get somexexperience in other specialties by filling in where we cant recruit...supposed choice of where

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