Patients reminded: have your say on future of Manningham GP practice
Patients at a Manningham GP practice are being reminded that they have until the end of the month to have their say about the future of their doctor’s surgery.
NHS Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wants to understand patients’ views about Manningham Medical Practice in Lumb Lane, Bradford 8, as the company that has run it for the last five years, Local Care Direct, approaches the end of its current five-year contract in June 2016.
The CCG is asking the 3,600 people registered with the surgery about different options to make sure they continue to receive good quality care in the future.
Patients and other stakeholders are being asked for their views on the following options:
- offering a contract extension to the current provider, Local Care Direct
- finding someone new to run the surgery – like a group of doctors, or another organisation
- closing the surgery – and helping patients find a new doctor. There are 15 other surgeries within just over a mile of Manningham Medical Practice, and most of them are accepting new patients.
Patients are being sent an information leaflet about the proposed changes, which includes a list of other GP surgeries close to Manningham Medical Practice. One letter has been sent to each household, asking families to share it with everyone living there.
Dr Akram Khan, clinical chair at Bradford City CCG, said: “We want to hear as many people’s views as possible to make sure the right decision is made about the future of Manningham Medical Practice. We have to find the best way for patients to continue to get the care they need.
“It’s really important for patients and other people to have their say on the proposals so that we can take their views into account.”
In the meantime, patients can continue to see their doctor and other staff at the surgery as usual.
Over the last few weeks a number of drop-in sessions have been held for patients to give their views on the proposals, but people can still get involved and have their say:
- in writing, or by using the tear-off slip with the consultation document
- by emailing comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for comments to be received by is 31 March 2016.