Bishop’s Castle GPs have reported an “amazing and moving response” from patients after it was revealed that they are working without pay to keep the surgery running.
Dr Adrian Fairbanks said he and Dr Sue Lambert had received many personal offers of help and support which had been comforting and encouraging.
The two doctors believe that if the practice closes it would cause immense disruption.
“We feel it is in the public interest to secure patients their surgery, whether or not Sue and I are ‘running’ it,” said Dr Fairbanks.
Bishop’s Castle town councillor Evelyn Bowles has also been campaigning to keep the surgery open.
In response to a report in Castle News she wrote, “The collapse of the practice would be the beginning of a great deal of uncertainty for innocent bystanders, many of them vulnerable patients. The ‘re-assurance’ offered by the PCT that they will provide a service if the practice closes, is not what many patients want to hear. We want the PCT to support the excellent staff we know and value, not stand by while they are driven from their posts by this shabby maneuvering.”
The Primary Care Trust said yesterday that it was continuing to support the practice and hopes “that the issues can be resolved so that their well respected and valued service can continue.” The practice’s patients’ group is understood to have met with PCT staff to discuss the crisis.
Local MP Philip Dunne has written to director of the Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Dr Caron Morton, asking for an update on what steps are being taken to help resolve the situation. The CCG is in the process of taking over responsibility for commissioning primary care services from the PCT.
Dr Adrian Penney, who is a partner in the Bishop’s Castle Medical Practice business, stopped payments to himself and Drs Fairbanks and Lambert from the practice bank account at the beginning of September.
Dr Penney has not responded to requests for his comments.
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