Parish council calls meeting about privately-run practice

An emergency meeting has been called today in a Derbyshire village where private GP-led firm ChilversMcCrea took over the surgery last year.

Dr Rory McCrea
Dr Rory McCrea

The meeting has been called at Langwith by Scarcliffe Parish Council in response to a ‘flood of complaints' from patients.

Steve Fritchley, council vice-chairman, said: ‘We have had more and more complaints from patients. If these complaints are right, ChilversMcCrea is defaulting on its contract. If Derbyshire PCT can't monitor the contract, the parish council will have to step in and that's what it is doing.' 

Patients have condemned the surgery building as ‘nothing short of Beirut'.

ChilversMcCrea has also faced difficulties at the main surgery in nearby Creswell. 

Dr Alan Meakin, medical director at Derbyshire County PCT said: ‘There has been difficulty in attracting doctors of the right calibre to Creswell Primary Care Centre, but ChilversMcCrea Healthcare has now appointed three out of the four required GPs.'

The number of patients having left the practice total 150 since Chilvers McCrea took over in 2007.

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