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NEWS: GP shortages challenge super-partnership

by in GP Practice Management, News

A GP super-partnership has been forced to close one of its surgeries because of doctor shortages, it has been revealed.

Modality has been running five practices in Hull but will now reduce them to four, the Health Service Journal reported. The partnership said the closure was “in the interest of patient safety” but it has angered local residents who have campaigned to save the surgery that is closing – Faith House.

The closure proposal has now been approved by the local clinical commissioning group although Hull City Council is against it. This means closure will happen next month.

The Clinical Commissioning Group heard there were “immediate and serious” workforce pressures and a significant reduction in GP numbers in the city.

The partnership says that by the end of month it will have 15.8 GPs remaining serving 61,000 patients in Hull. Modality selected Faith House for closure because of the poor condition of the premises.

Modality executive partner for Hull, Dr Elizabeth Dobson, told the journal: “Hull is an area of deprivation, with GP average earnings lower in Hull compared with neighbouring areas, which makes recruiting challenging. It is an imperfect situation but as part of a larger group, we have and are continuing to make positive steps forward to ensure we are delivering a safe service.”

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