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Four thousand patients set to lose GP practice after CQC finds it ‘inadequate’

A single-handed GP practice in Grimsby is set to close unless NHS England finds another GP willing to run the practice, affecting 4,500 patients.

The decision to terminate the Ashwood Surgery contract followed a CQC ‘inadequate’ rating and the absence of an action plan to tackle underlying causes, reported the Grimsby Telegraph.

NHS England is trying to find a new contractor for the practice but is advising patients to attend the practice as usual in the interim, with the final outcome expected within two weeks.

The practice, which was led by one GP partner employing a locum GP, was placed in special measures by the CQC last month after being rated inadequate for ‘lacking in care’.

The GP principal has not been banned from practising elsewhere.

It follows the closure of another a single-handed practice this week, after a health board was unable to replace a retired GP in Maesteg, south Wales.

Note: A follow up article has been published after NHS England said the practice was not risking closure