Last night, we were informed that the much troubled Holywell Medical Group had informed the North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group that their financial problems meant that they would cease providing a service from Thursday of this week.
Service problems have been ongoing for some time, but the extent to which the practice has been relying on Locum staff and the need for further administrative support meant that the finances at the practice had become unmanageable and their contract to provide services will end on Thursday.
Chesterfield Royal Hospital will step in and provide services from three of Holywell’s five sites (all in Chesterfield) at The Grange, in Grangewood, Inkersall and Rectory Road (Staveley). Services at Holywell House and Barrow Hill will close.
Toby Perkins MP said: “This is obviously both worrying and inconvenient for many patients and I will be meeting with the CCG to discuss the impact on patients and contingency arrangements very shortly.
I will also be discussing the longer term future for GP services at these 3/5 sites that the CCG will tender for, once the temporary arrangements have come to a conclusion in March 2016.
There is a nationwide shortage of GP’s, which is particularly bad in the Chesterfield area. There is also, due to the contracting arrangements that Health bodies are forced to follow, a real difficulty in making these sort of services pay for short term new providers, so I will be meeting with Health bosses to ensure that the new contract offers more stability and certainty of appointments than the previous one has offered.”