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Seventh practice in under two years set to close in English city


I object to NHSE or anyone else describing closures as "sudden". This happened in our area too, they have 6 months notice, and do nothing til the last month when they are scrabbling around summoning us out of surgery for urgent meetings before allocating patients between surrounding practices for a nominal sum that barely covered postage to inform patients of the arrangement. Certainly nowhere near £25 per patient as quoted here. ( which I cannot imagine will ever be repeated elsewhere) Although that may seem generous It won't help much if you can't recruit locums or partners to help with the work. Unless you find three full time GPs who are willing to look after 2000 patients a piece for 50K. Never mind nurses and admin staff and space! And then they wonder why it's difficult to get a routine GP appointment. This is another cut by subterfuge, where NHSE rub their hands in glee as they see another practice going under and know that they can allocate those patients to neighbouring practices,who are unable to refuse, at minimum cost. Ever heard of dominoes?

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18 Jan 2017

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