Tempers 'frayed' at Sankey medical meeting

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TEMPERS frayed on Monday night as a scrutiny committee into the sudden closure of Sankey Medical Centre left many residents frustrated.

Patients demanded answers from the NHS England area team after being given a few weeks notice the Barrow Hall Lane surgery would close and patients would have to travel 4.5 miles to Orford.

But Glenn Coleman, head of primary care, said there had not been a breach of contract and they were ‘totally taken by surprise’ and only found about the move from the neighbouring pharmacy Medicx.

Angry cries of ‘Why not?’ rang out from the packed council chamber as Mr Coleman confirmed another doctor could not be moved into the empty building.

He added: “It was not our decision to close the surgery and we don't have the legal powers to open it.

“Nobody does.

“We can only do what's legal and are bound by EU procurement law.

“Our processes are laboriously slow and it frustrates us in the system.

“It takes 12 months to commission a primary care service and we’re at the one-month stage.

“The problem of practices not being part of the contract was one the NHS inherited and contracts are being renegotiated as part of a primary care review.”

Residents were further exasperated by claims the majority of patients had not moved to other practices as they repeated complaints there was no where for them to go.

One upset woman also claimed it had taken her four hours to reach the surgery in Orford including an hour’s walk.

Patients were told the list at Chapelford had been re-opened and if anyone was told it had closed should contact NHS England or Mr Coleman.

Throughout the meeting ‘I agree’ was the most common phrase from the NHS man as he listened to residents’ frustrations with few answers other than moving to another surgery.

A glimmer of hope came in the form of a doctor from a St Helens practice standing up to say they were keen to discuss extending their catchment area in Burtonwood to include Great Sankey’s abandoned patients.

Discussions still also have to take place regarding plans for a surgery at Great Sankey Leisure Centre.

Speaking after the meeting, Clr Tony Higgins added: “As chairman of the scrutiny committee, I want to express my total displeasure at the lack of empathy shown towards the patients of the now defunct GP practice in Great Sankey and to their health and wellbeing.

“Their questions were answered with typical NHS fudge and a total disregard which was made more shocking when you consider that the health service is meant to be a caring service.”

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12:39pm Wed 30 Apr 14

PageA says...

Sorry if I've missed this previously..

He added: “It was not our decision to close the surgery and we don't have the legal powers to open it.

“Nobody does.

Who took the decision to close the surgery?
Sorry if I've missed this previously.. He added: “It was not our decision to close the surgery and we don't have the legal powers to open it. “Nobody does. Who took the decision to close the surgery? PageA
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4:29pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Rymart says...

4 hours to get to Orford? Where the hell do they live?
4 hours to get to Orford? Where the hell do they live? Rymart
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7:34pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Karlar says...

So yet another EU law has a direct impact on local people and everyone who should have a say is apparently powerless to do anything to ease the effects on those most affected.
So yet another EU law has a direct impact on local people and everyone who should have a say is apparently powerless to do anything to ease the effects on those most affected. Karlar
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8:25pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Maveric says...

PageA wrote:
Sorry if I've missed this previously..

He added: “It was not our decision to close the surgery and we don't have the legal powers to open it.

“Nobody does.

Who took the decision to close the surgery?
Page A, hope this gives you a quick view of what has occurred.
GPs Dr Shome & Dr Ganguly own the purpose built Sankey Medical Centre. After they retired they leased the building to Dr Bhatnagar, who also ran a surgery in O’Leary St Orford (which was subsequently closed and moved to Jubilee Park Hub under the name Parkview Medical centre.
After a disagreement with the lease at Dr Bhatnagar closed Sankey Medical Centre (with less than 3 weeks notice to her patients) and patients were told they could stay with Dr Bhatnagar at Parkview Medical Centre in Orford or register with other practices in the area. (If they were not full)
Glenn Coleman, head of primary care, said that they cannot just put a new GP on the site in Sankey because when the contract was drawn up between the NHS and Dr Bhatnagar it did not include the satellite practice in Sankey.
[quote][p][bold]PageA[/bold] wrote: Sorry if I've missed this previously.. He added: “It was not our decision to close the surgery and we don't have the legal powers to open it. “Nobody does. Who took the decision to close the surgery?[/p][/quote]Page A, hope this gives you a quick view of what has occurred. GPs Dr Shome & Dr Ganguly own the purpose built Sankey Medical Centre. After they retired they leased the building to Dr Bhatnagar, who also ran a surgery in O’Leary St Orford (which was subsequently closed and moved to Jubilee Park Hub under the name Parkview Medical centre. After a disagreement with the lease at Dr Bhatnagar closed Sankey Medical Centre (with less than 3 weeks notice to her patients) and patients were told they could stay with Dr Bhatnagar at Parkview Medical Centre in Orford or register with other practices in the area. (If they were not full) Glenn Coleman, head of primary care, said that they cannot just put a new GP on the site in Sankey because when the contract was drawn up between the NHS and Dr Bhatnagar it did not include the satellite practice in Sankey. Maveric
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8:27pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Maveric says...

Maveric wrote:
PageA wrote:
Sorry if I've missed this previously..

He added: “It was not our decision to close the surgery and we don't have the legal powers to open it.

“Nobody does.

Who took the decision to close the surgery?
Page A, hope this gives you a quick view of what has occurred.
GPs Dr Shome & Dr Ganguly own the purpose built Sankey Medical Centre. After they retired they leased the building to Dr Bhatnagar, who also ran a surgery in O’Leary St Orford (which was subsequently closed and moved to Jubilee Park Hub under the name Parkview Medical centre.
After a disagreement with the lease at Dr Bhatnagar closed Sankey Medical Centre (with less than 3 weeks notice to her patients) and patients were told they could stay with Dr Bhatnagar at Parkview Medical Centre in Orford or register with other practices in the area. (If they were not full)
Glenn Coleman, head of primary care, said that they cannot just put a new GP on the site in Sankey because when the contract was drawn up between the NHS and Dr Bhatnagar it did not include the satellite practice in Sankey.
If I have got anything wrong, I apologise, but this is what I understand the situation to be.
[quote][p][bold]Maveric[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PageA[/bold] wrote: Sorry if I've missed this previously.. He added: “It was not our decision to close the surgery and we don't have the legal powers to open it. “Nobody does. Who took the decision to close the surgery?[/p][/quote]Page A, hope this gives you a quick view of what has occurred. GPs Dr Shome & Dr Ganguly own the purpose built Sankey Medical Centre. After they retired they leased the building to Dr Bhatnagar, who also ran a surgery in O’Leary St Orford (which was subsequently closed and moved to Jubilee Park Hub under the name Parkview Medical centre. After a disagreement with the lease at Dr Bhatnagar closed Sankey Medical Centre (with less than 3 weeks notice to her patients) and patients were told they could stay with Dr Bhatnagar at Parkview Medical Centre in Orford or register with other practices in the area. (If they were not full) Glenn Coleman, head of primary care, said that they cannot just put a new GP on the site in Sankey because when the contract was drawn up between the NHS and Dr Bhatnagar it did not include the satellite practice in Sankey.[/p][/quote]If I have got anything wrong, I apologise, but this is what I understand the situation to be. Maveric
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8:32pm Wed 30 Apr 14

PageA says...

Maveric wrote:
Maveric wrote:
PageA wrote:
Sorry if I've missed this previously..

He added: “It was not our decision to close the surgery and we don't have the legal powers to open it.

“Nobody does.

Who took the decision to close the surgery?
Page A, hope this gives you a quick view of what has occurred.
GPs Dr Shome & Dr Ganguly own the purpose built Sankey Medical Centre. After they retired they leased the building to Dr Bhatnagar, who also ran a surgery in O’Leary St Orford (which was subsequently closed and moved to Jubilee Park Hub under the name Parkview Medical centre.
After a disagreement with the lease at Dr Bhatnagar closed Sankey Medical Centre (with less than 3 weeks notice to her patients) and patients were told they could stay with Dr Bhatnagar at Parkview Medical Centre in Orford or register with other practices in the area. (If they were not full)
Glenn Coleman, head of primary care, said that they cannot just put a new GP on the site in Sankey because when the contract was drawn up between the NHS and Dr Bhatnagar it did not include the satellite practice in Sankey.
If I have got anything wrong, I apologise, but this is what I understand the situation to be.
Thank you
[quote][p][bold]Maveric[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maveric[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PageA[/bold] wrote: Sorry if I've missed this previously.. He added: “It was not our decision to close the surgery and we don't have the legal powers to open it. “Nobody does. Who took the decision to close the surgery?[/p][/quote]Page A, hope this gives you a quick view of what has occurred. GPs Dr Shome & Dr Ganguly own the purpose built Sankey Medical Centre. After they retired they leased the building to Dr Bhatnagar, who also ran a surgery in O’Leary St Orford (which was subsequently closed and moved to Jubilee Park Hub under the name Parkview Medical centre. After a disagreement with the lease at Dr Bhatnagar closed Sankey Medical Centre (with less than 3 weeks notice to her patients) and patients were told they could stay with Dr Bhatnagar at Parkview Medical Centre in Orford or register with other practices in the area. (If they were not full) Glenn Coleman, head of primary care, said that they cannot just put a new GP on the site in Sankey because when the contract was drawn up between the NHS and Dr Bhatnagar it did not include the satellite practice in Sankey.[/p][/quote]If I have got anything wrong, I apologise, but this is what I understand the situation to be.[/p][/quote]Thank you PageA
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