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GP faces closure after delays in premises funding

Prominent ‘media medic’ Dr Rosemary Leonard’s practice faces potential closure after delays in approving their bid for funding to move from current premises, which has been declared ‘unfit for purpose’.

Dr Rosemary Leonard, a GP in Dulwich Village, London, has yet to hear from NHS England on a bid to develop new premises that was first submitted to PCT Property in December 2012.

Dr Leonard told Pulse her practice been given an end-of-March deadline for the partners to secure the funding by the developers or face the whole project being scrapped.

But NHS England said that the bid was ‘currently being reviewed’ and would have to meet their aspirations for primarty care and be cost effective.

She said: ‘We sent in our initial draft business plan to what would then have been PCT Property in December 2012. We didn’t get the comments back until December 2013. It took a year to get the comments back to us to be told the draft needed re-doing.’

‘I then completely rewrote the 50-page business plan and managed to get it back to NHS England within six weeks. We still have no timescale from them about when they are going to be making a decision. It has been an incredibly vague, long-winded process.’

She added: ‘We are in a situation where, if we don’t get urgent approval [of our bid], our surgery will just close.’

A spokesperson for NHS England London said: ‘The application for new premises to house the Rosendale Road Practice has not been refused, however we are working with the practice to develop their proposals. These are currently being reviewed. London’s GP services are under increasing pressure, with factors such as a growing and ageing population, and more people living with long-term conditions.’

‘We want to make it easier for Londoners to get better care when they need it, including offering GP appointments in the evenings and at weekends, and more diagnostic services such as x-rays and blood tests in one place. Any proposed changes to GP services, including the development of new premises, must be able to meet these aspirations and be cost effective.’

Readers' comments (6)

  • It is becoming increasing clear that NHS England is not fit for purpose!

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  • What plans - if any - have been made for the practice's patients when the very long delays mean that NHS England has effectively trashed this practice?
    Any local public ("patients at the centre of everything") or CCG consultations?
    It doesn't say much for the competence of NHS England if it takes a year to respond to a premises application: isn't there any understanding of business in their systems?

    How many other practices are in the same situation of imminent practice and GP ruin due to central policies?
    Just curious..

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  • Well NHS England -if you don't sort the problem out soon the Londoners registered at the practice won't be able to get a weekday appointment, never mind evenings or weekends.
    However it's a good thing the spokesperson reminded us about an increasing aging population with long term chronic illness otherwise we GPs might not have been aware of this!

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  • Vinci Ho

    Just realise Ministry of Plenty is actually sharing the same 'humanoid CD player' with Ministry of Truth when it comes to providing 'answer'. Play it over and over but there is no meaningful reply to a serious question......

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  • symptomatic yet again.of nhs england..dangerously incompetent and unfit for purpose....needs revolutionary reform and forensic examination by the health parliamentary committee i advise this gp if not already to contact them and her mp
    nhs england is plumbing new depths

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  • T Roscoe

    "It is becoming increasing clear that NHS England is not fit for purpose!"

    Unless that purpose is to hasten the demise of General Practice!

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