Morethan14,000pa­tients go­toinad­e­quateprac­tices

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Behind The Headlines -

More than 14,000 pa­tients in Peter­bor­ough go to GP prac­tices which are rated ‘in­ad­e­quate’. The three in­ad­e­quate prac­tices are The Grange Med­i­cal Cen­tre, in Mayor’s Walk, Bo­tolph Bridge Com­mu­nity Health Cen­tre in Sugar Way, and Dogsthorpe Med­i­cal Cen­tre in Poplar Av­enue. Com­ment­ing on the Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph’s find­ings, MP for Peter­bor­ough Ste­wart Jack­son said: “It’s a big worry. The Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group and NHS Eng­land need to work with the Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion to see if any com­mon fac­tors are lead­ing to this poor per­for­mance. “With­out a strong pri­mary care net­work lo­cal hos­pi­tals will be un­der even more pres­sure from grow­ing pa­tient num­bers and an age­ing pop­u­la­tion. “I will be seek­ing an­swers from the Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group as a mat­ter of ur­gency.” Ac­cord­ing to NHS Eng­land The Grange has 2,842 pa­tients, Bo­tolph Bridge has 6,993 pa­tients and Dogsthorpe has 4,727 pa­tients. That adds up to 14,562 pa­tients. North West Cam­bridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara said: “The num­ber of pa­tients af­fected by these rat­ings is sig­nif­i­cant and it is es­sen­tial that the prac­tices con­cerned are brought up to stan­dard as soon as pos­si­ble. “That is why di­a­logue with NHS Eng­land and the Care Qual­ity Com­mis- sion is so im­por­tant. We must en­sure the changes be­ing made are sus­tain­able and prop­erly ad­dress the con­cerns pre­vi­ously raised dur­ing in­spec­tions.” Dr Gary Howsam, chief clin­i­cal of­fi­cer at the Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group, said: “We have ac­knowl­edged the CQC’s re­ports into Bo­tolph Bridge Com­mu­nity Health Cen­tre, Dogsthorpe Med­i­cal Cen­tre and The Grange Med­i­cal Cen­tre which have given the prac­tices a rat­ing of ‘in­ad­e­quate’. “The CCG has and con­tin­ues to sup­port the prac­tices, with NHS Eng­land, to help the surg­eries make the re­quired im­prove­ments.”

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