25 April 2018
Hove Park Villas surgery, which has a list of4,350 patients, could shut its doors in October 2018 due to a shortage of doctors. A letter from the Clinical Commissioning Group to local Health and Wellbeing Board Chair Daniel Yates said the surgery had struggled to recruit a replacement for a retiring GP, ‘despite considerable effort.’
Greens continue to challenge the Labour-led Council to do more to address the worsening number of GPs in the city and called on Cllr Daniel Yates to detail actions taken to address the problem at a Council meeting last Thursday. Figures obtained by Green Councillor Dick Page last year revealed the city faces an estimated shortage of one GP to every 2,500 patients.
Cllr Page, Green Health and Wellbeing spokesperson, commented:
“It is important that local health leaders can reassure patients that when their retiring doctor cannot be replaced, it does not mean ongoing disruption to their care. However the number of surgery closures in our city should be a matter of urgent action and concern for this Labour Council. Greens raised the alarm on dangerously low number of GPs in our city long ago. Yet the response from Labour has been to push for NHS ‘integration,’ even though we know many of these new plans for the NHS are underpinned by a series of further, damaging cuts instead of desperately needed investment into primary care.”