Bishopston Medical Practice closure leaves residents with unanswered questions


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Bishopston Medical Practice has announced its closure on September 30th, encouraging patients to re-register at other GP practices. 

A letter delivered to users of the practice confirmed the news, stating that the contract was coming up for renewal and the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) had decided to move patients elsewhere. 

The CCG had considered renewing the contract, but due to "several factors" decided to support re-registering patients at other local general practices, including Montpelier - a 25-minute walk away.

 

A consultation went out to patients in May 2019, with over 300 respondents engaging. Whilst a summary has been published, it is unknown how many patients support the decision to close the practice. The practice currently enjoys a 4-star rating on NHS Choices, with one patient declaring it "the best GP practice I have experienced". 

James Cox, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Bristol West, said:

"It is clear that the primary motivator behind this move is not patients but finances. 

"Our GP services are already struggling with having to do more with less, and this move is only going to make services worse for local people.  

"Whilst I'm glad that the CCG opened up a consultation to patients, we're not being told the results of the consultation, we're not being told how many patients - if any - support this move. Local residents I've spoken to are disappointed by the decision and are being left with too many unanswered questions.

"Access to a good local GP is absolutely essential. Tory funding cuts to our local health services are putting a strain on the system and putting patients at risk. Liberal Democrats demand better.


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