Tag Archive for Health service

Doctor invites NHS rescue team to BC

A health service team supporting “failing” practices is working in Bishop’s Castle at Dr Adrian Penney’s invitation, Dr Penney told a meeting this week. The Bishop’s Castle GP was speaking to an audience of about 70 patients at a meeting called by the Bishop’s Castle Patients Group. He said advisors from NHS England had already been to the practice a couple…

Elections for BC Patients Group

Bishop’s Castle Patients Group has its first AGM next month, and proposals for elections to the steering group are on the agenda for discussion. Patients will also be able to hear and ask questions of Dr Adrian Penney about developments at the practice. There is currently no practice manager at the surgery and Dr Penney has said he does not…

What is happening at Bishop’s Castle Medical Practice?

It is nearly three years since the start of the dispute between the partners at Bishop’s Castle Medical Practice, and patients are still wondering what is to become of their GP service. NHS England, the body now responsible for commissioning GP services, confirmed to Castle News last week that secret negotiations between the doctors are…

Health authority speaks out on BC doctor crisis

The NHS body responsible for GP services in Shropshire has announced that it cannot get involved in the dispute between Bishop’s Castle’s GPs,  but it will provide alternative services if the School House Lane surgery is forced to close. The Shropshire Primary Care Trust pays NHS funds into the GP partnership’s bank account to provide…

Bishop’s Castle doctors working without pay

Bishop’s Castle GPs have had their pay stopped, by order of their former colleague. Dr Adrian Penney instructed the town’s HSBC bank branch to stop paying Drs Adrian Fairbanks and Sue Lambert at the beginning of September 2012. The three doctors have officially been in dispute since June 2011. Dr Penney wants to dissolve the…

The campaigning doctor who loves living in Bishop’s Castle

Antony Lempert is not your typical country doctor. The Bishop’s Castle-based GP is spearheading a national and international campaign on a very controversial issue – the circumcision of baby boys for religious reasons. Antony, who works three days a week in a Knighton medical practice, is chair of the national Secular Medical Forum. He has…

Town council in change of heart over defibrillators

Bishop’s Castle is to join a scheme for providing publicly-available life-saving equipment around town. The town council this week voted to reverse its previous decision not to join the Clun Valley Automated External Defibrillator (AED) scheme after three councillors tabled a special motion at the council meeting on Tuesday. The change of heart followed new…

More doctors for Bishop’s Castle practice

Bishop’s Castle medical practice has had some good news at last. The local health authority has decided to pay for the equivalent of an extra full-time GP at the practice. The practice has been struggling to find the money to maintain GP cover since Dr Adrian Penney stopped working there. Since October 2011 he has…

Town council rejects heart attack help scheme

A scheme to install life-saving equipment in public buildings and train volunteers to use it has been rejected by Bishop’s Castle town councillors. The Clun Valley Automated External Defibrillator (AED) scheme will be installing the first defibrillators in Clun and Newcastle on Clun in the spring. The defibrillators cost about £2000 each, raised by voluntary…

NHS trust breaks silence over GP crisis

Shropshire Primary Care Trust has spoken out about the crisis threatening Bishop’s Castle’s doctors’ practice. Following the public meeting in the town last night, which no-one from the PCT attended,  it issued a statement this afternoon assuring patients it has contingency plans if the surgery is forced to close. The PCT, which is responsible for…