Doctors surgery to close leaving patients to fend for themselves

A doctors surgery in Maypole has given patients 6 weeks notice of it’s closure forcing them to find another practice.

In a letter sent on 8th February addressed to over 2,000 patients, the Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Group announced it will close the surgery on 31st March after a review of access and provision of GP services in the area.

“I am writing to inform you that the following a review of access and provision of GP services in the area, a decision has been made to disperse patients receiving medical services at South Maypole Surgery. This means that medical services will no longer be provided at South Maypole Surgery from 31st March 2017”

“You need to take action and register with another GP practice to make sure you can access healthcare if you become unwell” the letter added.

However two staff members who work at other surgery’s in the area have told B14 News that GP practices are not immediately taking in the influx of new patients and are only taking down names and numbers to call them back at a later date, potentially leaving vulnerable patients in limbo.

South Maypole Surgery

In a statement Birmingham South Central CCG said: The current provider of GP services at South Maypole Surgery informed Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) that, by mutual consent with the CCG, they would cease to provide services on 31 March 2017. Patients were informed of the decision by letter on 8 February 2017 and have been advised to register at a new surgery as soon as possible. A drop in session was held on Wednesday 15 February at the surgery for patients who needed help in moving to a new surgery.

Birmingham South Central CCG is working closely with the current provider and with other providers of GP services in the area, to ensure that patients can register at another surgery with least disruption as possible.

Dr Richard Mendelsohn, Clinical Head of Commissioning from Birmingham South Central CCG said: “We are committed to ensuring that everyone has access to high quality care from GP practices. All GP practices, and their staff, have to meet certain standards, and NHS England and the Care Quality Commission regularly inspect and monitor practices to ensure they meet these. We urge patients to register with a new surgery as soon as possible, especially if they are on medication and/or have particular long term health conditions. We would like to reassure patients that no one will be left without a GP surgery as a result of these changes and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”

Local MP Steve McCabe has voiced his concerns after he wasn’t informed by the CCG of the surgery closure and instead wad contacted by angry constituents who were told they need to find a new GP. Questions about what guarantees will be made to ensure every patient is re-registered with a new GP and what help is available for elderly patients and those with long-term and chronic medical conditions still remain.

Steve said:”It is frankly shocking that a CCG can decide to close a GP Practice giving patients less than 8 weeks to find a new GP and without bothering to inform the local Member of Parliament. How many other local GP surgeries are facing closure that we don’t know about?”

“People in Druids Heath are facing losing their only Secondary School and now one of their few GP surgeries. People are telling me it is increasingly difficult to get a GP appointment and at the same time they are told to stay away from A&E because of huge pressures on our hospitals. These Tory health reforms have not given patients better choice, they have just made it easier for faceless bureaucrats to close services without consultation or accountability and wasted millions of pounds that could have been spent on frontline services. This is yet another betrayal by a Government that cares little about vital services ordinary folk rely on.”

Are you a patient at South Maypole Surgery? Have you had issues with trying to find a new GP in the local area? Please get in touch to share your concerns. You can email Steve on [email protected]

The CCG will also be holding another drop in session at the surgery on 2nd March 2017, 5pm to 6pm.