Con­cern over pro­posal to close surgery

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By NICK REINIS

AN out­raged city councillor has hit out at the de­ci­sion to close a city cen­tre doc­tors’ surgery.

The Mill­field Surgery, in Sear­jeant Street, Peter­bor­ough, will close at the end of July, fol­low­ing a re­view by NHS Peter­bor­ough.

The surgery has been run by West­gate Surgery – based at the top of Boots in Queens­gate Shop­ping Cen­tre – since the Mill­field Surgery gen­eral prac­ti­tioner re­signed in 2007.

How­ever, the con­tract for this ar­range­ment is due to end in July and NHS Peter­bor­ough has de­cided not to re­new it, mean­ing Mill­field Surgery will close.

How­ever, the move has been met with anger by Cen­tral ward councillor Nazim Khan, who is blam­ing the de­ci­sion on the pri­mary care trust’s cost-cut­ting plans to claw back its £12.8 mil­lion over­spend.

Cllr Khan said: “It’s an ou­trage. The el­derly and dis­abled are be­ing squeezed due to mis­takes and over­spend­ing.”

He said pa­tients would not be able to use the nearby Mill­field Med­i­cal Cen­tre, in St Martin’s Street, as it is “over-sub­scribed” al­ready.

NHS Peter­bor­ough has de­nied that Mill­field Surgery is clos­ing as a di­rect re­sult of their over­spend but ad­mit it ties in with their Turn­around Plan – a host of mea­sures to save mil­lions of pounds, which were un­veiled last month.

They also said that Mill­field Med­i­cal Cen­tre is tak­ing new pa­tients, de­spite Cllr Khan’s claims.

Di­rec­tor of per­for­mance and con­tracts at NHS Peter­bor­ough, Sarah Shut­tle­wood, said: “In line with our nor­mal con­tract re­view pro­cesses we re­view each con­tract prior to its end date.

“We were re­view­ing the vi­a­bil­ity of Mill­field Surgery in Jan­uary, with the pur­pose of en­sur­ing pa­tients re­ceive high qual­ity GP ac­cess in the most cost ef­fec­tive man­ner. Dis­pers­ing the surgery will achieve both of these and has con­trib­uted to­wards the Turn­around Plan and is in line with our five-year strate­gic plan.”

By the end of July, pa­tients of Mill­field Surgery need to reg­is­ter an­other GP prac­tice and the PCT said they will have a choice of any in the city. Any­one who does not reg­is­ter with a dif­fer­ent prac­tice by the end of July will be au­to­mat­i­cally moved over to the West­gate Surgery.

An event is be­ing held on June 22 at the Town Hall, in Bridge Street, from 6pm to 7.30pm, where pa­tients cam meet staff from a wide range of GP prac­tices and learn about the ser­vices they of­fer.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call NHS Peter­bor­ough’s PALS team on 01733 776283 or the Pri­mary Care sup­port line on 01733 758516.

Pic­ture: Paul franks

ANGEr: Ward coun­cil­lors Zahid Hus­sain (left) and Nazim Khan want Mill­field Surgery to stay open. (METP03-06-10Pf039)

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