Published: 00:00, 18 July 2014 |
Updated: 22:39, 18 July 2014
Patients at a medical practice have been left reeling after being told that the private firm running their surgery has suddenly pulled out.
The Broadway Medical Practice in Broadstairs was taken over by Concordia Health in 2011, but attracted a number of complaints resulting in a demonstration by patients, who paraded outside the surgery in 2012 waving placards.
Concordia Health has given NHS England six months’ notice of its intention to quit. The decision comes midway through its five-year contract to run the practice, which has 5,500 patients.
Thanet district councillor Ian Driver is a patient at the surgery, along with his family, and said that a letter was sent out on Wednesday, July 16, informing patients of the decision.
Cllr Driver said: “The surgery is staffed by locums and there is massive difficulty getting an appointment, with a wait of up to a week to be seen. There is no continuity of care because you see a different doctor each time and have to explain your symptoms again.”
Patients are being asked for their views but will have to wait to see if a new management can be found for the surgery, or the alternative is that they will be transferred to other practices. Cllr Driver said: “The idea that 5,500 patients can be picked up by other massively overstretched practices in Broadstairs is laughable.”
Concordia Health’s contract for the Broadway Practice will end in March 2015 and Cllr Driver is asking NHS England for an urgent public meeting to discuss the future for patients.
A spokesperson for NHS England (Kent & Medway) said:“We are committed to ensuring that all patients have ongoing access to good quality, local GP services.
“We are currently working through the options for the future of the practice.”
Don't miss out, subscribe today. Keep up to date with our newsletters.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Find out what's going on in the garden, with Kent expert Lucy Hewett's weekly update.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.