Provider firm handed caretaker contract for troubled London practice

A private provider has been brought in to run a London practice after the partners handed back their contract in response to financial, workload and recruitment pressure.

Emily Thornberry: MP raised concerns over GP practice in House of Commons
Emily Thornberry: MP raised concerns over GP practice in House of Commons

Commissioners have handed a temporary contract to run Mitchison Road Surgery in Islington, north London, to GP-led firm AT Medics Ltd. The caretaker contract will run until the end of June 2016.

The plight of the 5,600-patient GMS practice was raised in the House of Commons by local MP Emily Thornberry (Lab, Islington South). London MPs met with government ministers and GPs in June after fears over the threat of practice closures.

Partners at Mitchison Road said in statement that they had ‘taken the difficult decision to resign following pressures around the lease of premises, retention and recruitment of clinical staff, finances and workload’.

GP partners resign

The caretaker provider said it was unable to retain the former partners.

NHS England London said it was continuing to work on a long-term solution for the practice. 

GP director at AT Medics Ltd said: ‘We recognise and respect the legacy of a high-standard of patient care left by the outgoing partners, and aspire to maintain continuity inspired by their unfaltering hard work and commitment to Mitchison Road Surgery.

‘A great deal of synergy and common values exist between us, and we are optimistic that existing and new patients will also experience this connection in ethos, and we also hope to regain the trust of those patients who have anxiously migrated in recent months with an opportunity to return to their original surgery, albeit reformed and significantly improved.

Continuity of care

‘We regret that we were unable to retain the practice partners, however we wish them all the very best and have invited them to keep in touch with us and the patients with whom we know they share a very special bond.’

A spokeswoman for NHS England London said: ‘We can confirm that GP services will continue to be provided at Mitchison Road Surgery by an interim provider, AT Medics Ltd, from 1 August 2015 until 30 June 2016. Registered patients can continue to use the surgery as normal and will hear from us very shortly with more detailed information about the new provider. We are continuing to wrk on securing a more long-term arrangement for the practice in the future.’

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