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Practice treating 10,000 patients with two GPs

A health board has had to take over a Scottish practice where two remaining GPs were left struggling with a patient list of 10,000.

The Kersiebank Medical Practice was left in the unsustainable position after five out of seven GPs based at the practice left over the space of a few months.

The health board is now hoping to directly employ salaried GPs to continue running the practice, based in Grangemouth, despite the practice partners reporting that they have had ‘ongoing difficulties in recruiting replacement GPs’.

A spokesperson at the practice told Pulse that it was ‘taking a multi-disciplinary approach with nurse practitioners and locums’ to treat patients in the meantime.

In a statement on its website, the practice says: ‘Due to the ongoing difficulties in recruiting replacement GPs, it has been agreed that NHS Forth Valley will take over temporary responsibility for running Kersiebank Medical Practice from 1 May 2015.

‘Work is also underway to recruit a team of salaried GPs, employed by the health board, who would be able to provide support to Kersiebank Medical Practice and a number of other local practices in Forth Valley which are experiencing similar difficulties in recruiting permanent staff.’

But Scottish GPC chair Dr Alan McDevitt said the situation in Grangemouth is becoming ‘increasingly common’ everywhere across Scotland apart from Glasgow where younger locums tended to base themselves.

It comes as Pulse revealed that Dr McDevitt has the support of the Scottish Government for plans to overhaul general practice provision in Scotland to a near-salaried model that would reduce workload.

Meanwhile in England, a hospital trust stepped in last week to take over the running of three branches of a multi-site practice with 27,000 patients that had been struggling with long-term recruitment problems.

Readers' comments (6)

  • Drip, drip crack, seep crack, trickle crack, gush crack, streamcrack, river crack, torrent crack, flood......
    All because Lansley designed a bouncing bomb of a health act and Hunt has delivered it.

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  • Sounds about the number of patients/ doctors to make a profit ...

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  • Complaining and sniveling either deserves no response (i.e. if you
    don’t want to eat Mexican food, don’t come, you won’t be missed)
    or a strong response, designating them what they are: malingerers
    seeking compensation for no value delivered. Or, in even plainer
    English, thieves.

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  • whos this bell"%$. TROLL!!
    are you trying to say doctors are of no value?

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  • Here we go. The politicians have ben told often enough that primary care is imploding and yet they refuse to make my life any easier. I have 322 working days until retirement and I am not the only one counting down. I always imagined working until my mid sixties but thestress is now intolerable. Every day I get complained at by relatives because family members aren't getting the care they expect. I am made to feel responsible and am fed up shouldering this and propping up a failing system. Politicians need to tell the truth and not stoke expectations that have zero chance of being met.

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  • partners meeting tonight.
    we are one doctor won at present cant recruit.
    i am going to inform my partners today that i intend to retire
    might do out of hours sessions - go in do the shift of x hours
    do the work and leave on time
    no hassle no worry no stress no les no des no qof no cqc etc etc
    its not drip drip it's going to be a tsunami of retirement

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