Cottons Surgery News
- Category: Blog
- Published on Thursday, 18 February 2016 16:22
- Written by Stanwick VRG
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Interesting, worrying yet valuable to be informed by the Cottons Patient Participation Group that with effect from 15th February 2016, the Cottons Practice List has been CLOSED to all new patients, with the exception of Hargrave.
A recent letter entitled "General Practice in Crisis: A Statement from Northamptonshire Local Medical Committee" highlighted the dilemma of reduced funding in General Practice over recent years and the fact that surgeries are faced with huge difficulties in recruiting new doctors and nurses to work in General Practice. Currently there is a shortfall of about 10,000 GPs across the country. The letter reflects that it is impossible to see how this shortfall can be addressed when it takes a minimum of 10 years to train a GP.
Consequently the NHS has authorised the Practice to close their list for the next 6 months, after which time an application can be made to extend the closure further.
While we feel this is a regrettable situation which is beyond our control, we believe the information and background is of use in our campaign to stop any significant development within the Stanwick boundary. We do not have our own GP Practice and the majority of residents are patients at The Cottons.