Health and social care commissioners in Plymouth will continue to work together to ensure that patients can access GP services, following the announcement that some GP surgery contracts in the city will not be renewed.
Following a consultation, NHS England has confirmed that it will not be renewing GP contracts for the Cumberland, St Barnabas and Hyde Park surgeries. Plans for a new practice at Barne Barton, also part of the proposals, are still going ahead.
Plymouth City Council’s Wellbeing Select Committee had previously met with NHS England on 6 October 2016 to ask them to look again at the proposals, particularly in relation to the Cumberland Centre and some of the other services that also operate from there, including the Minor Injury Unit and Homeless Outreach service.
Councillor Lynda Bowyer, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care for Plymouth City Council said: “We are disappointed that the contract for these surgeries will not be renewed. Patients affected by these closures are advised to register with another practice as soon as possible, though have until March 2017 to do so.
“We understand that NHS England have written to all affected patients to give them further information on the support available to help them with this. While we understand that a change in GP can be very concerning to patients, and in some cases they will now have to travel further, primary care is very important and we would stress the importance of registering with a new GP surgery.”
Councillor Mary Aspinall, the Chair of the Wellbeing Select Committee said: “After the recommendations made by the Select Committee, we were very disappointed that the contract for these surgeries will not be renewed, particularly the Cumberland Surgery, which supports some of the city’s more vulnerable patients.
“Recognising that primary care services are essential in the battle against health inequalities, we will be working closely with NHS England, the CCG, Plymouth City Council, Peninsula Medical School and local providers to look at the services that will be available. It’s important to note that that the other services that operate out of Cumberland Centre – the Minor Injury and Homeless Outreach services for example – are not affected by this decision.”