Plan in place to deal with GP surgery closures

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

A spate of GP closures in Brighton and Hove has prompted health chiefs to formulate an action plan if any more close.

Since taking over responsibility for health care in the city in April 2017, the clinical commissioning group has dealt with the fallout of ten general practices closing since 2015.

GP surgery in Brighton

Now a six-month window is proposed if a group running multiple surgeries decides to end its contract with the Brighton and Hove CCG.

The Care Quality Commission can also close a surgery immediately if it is not satisfied with the standard of care, with neighbouring practices taking on patients overnight.

If a practice closes immediately then responsibility moves to the CCG which has to make sure patients are told where they can register, with nearby practices being prepared to accept new patients within this scenario.

GP merger approved despite appointment fears

Lucy King

News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

Thousands of patients in Stoke-on-Trent are set to be moved to a new health centre half-a-mile away.

Belgrave Medical Centre

The practice on Roslyn Road, Longton, is set to merge with Belgrave Medical Centre in Dresden on 1 April.

Some of Belgrave's 12,000 patients have raised concerns about the move making it harder to get appointments in the future.

But NHS bosses have approved the change which they say will result in cost savings and they will monitor the availability of appointments.

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