Patients asked about future of GP services in Manningham
Patients at GP practices in Manningham are being asked about the future of their doctors’ surgeries.
NHS Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wants to understand patients’ views about three doctors’ surgeries in the Manningham area which all have temporary contracts that are due to end on 30 November 2017:
- Picton at Whetley Medical Centre
- Picton at Westbourne Green Community Health Centre (previously The Ridge)
- Local Care Direct (LCD) at Manningham Health Centre.
The CCG is asking patients registered at the practices for their views on the future of services in their local area, including: what improvements need to be made, what kind of facilities they need, and what they think of the buildings used currently.
Earlier this year the CCG said that Manningham Health Centre is likely to be one of the buildings that continues to be used. This followed a decision to re-procure primary care services in the whole of the Manningham area to make sure that the best range of services are provided locally.
As the current providers’ contracts are due to run out in the summer, the CCG needs to act now to advertise for businesses to come forward that are interested in running the practices. There might be one, two or three contract holders, depending on how many businesses are interested and how well they can provide long-term high quality services to patients.
Max Mclean, the CCG’s lay member for patient and public involvement, said: “This is a great opportunity for us to buy the best services we can so that all patients in the Manningham area have access to high quality services to improve their health and wellbeing.
“We understand people want medical services near to their homes, so we don’t intend to remove services from Manningham but we might need to change the places where they are provided. That’s why it’s so important for us to know people’s views about where best to provide services, so we can reflect this in our decision making.
“From experience, we know that surgeries with small patient list sizes are not as attractive to bidders as they once were; they are not financially viable, and this can sometimes lead to closure of the surgery, which is something that we want to avoid happening in the Manningham area. This is not just a problem in Bradford, but right across the country.”
Patients are being sent an information leaflet about the process taking place. One letter has been sent to each household, asking families to share it with everyone living there.
A three-month engagement period has now started, and there are many different ways for people to have their say.
There are also drop-in information sessions at:
- Carlisle Business Centre, Carlisle Road, Bradford BD8 8BD: Wednesday 15 March, from 5pm to 6.30pm.
- Picton at Sai, Westbourne Green Community Health Centre, Heaton Road, Bradford BD8 8RA: Thursday 16 March, from 10.30am to 12 noon, and Tuesday 21 March, from 2pm to 3.30pm.
- Picton at Whetley Medical Centre, Saplin Street, Bradford BD8 9DW: Friday 24 March, from 9.30am to 11am and Wednesday 29 March, from 3pm to 4.30pm.
The deadline for comments to be received by is 24 May 2017.