Thankfully I won't be here to see decline in practices
In 1986 I started my own singlehanded practice from a small residential property. That was the only time I was assisted with PCT funding. Now we are a PMS practice with two doctors.
Our premises are very small for two doctors, a practice nurse and various inhouse clinics – physiotherapy, dietetics, couselling and phlebotomy. Our treatment room is used by the practice nurse.
We offer all the services and have a mixed clientele from various ethnic communities.
From a health and safety point of view, the premises have to be redeveloped for the elderly. We will not be able to meet our targets or provide enhanced services if the premises are ignored.
Repeated requests to the PCT since 1995 have been unsuccessful. Since the new GMS contract we have approached the PCT which says it does not know what is happening, what funds there are for premises or who will be receiving them.
What should we do to raise funds?
Dr PS Wasu
Dr M Muthulingaswamy