Many Plymothians will have seen the latest story in the ongoing story around GP provision at a number of sites within Plymouth.
As the recent Plymouth Herald story states, GP contracts have been extended with Access Health Care to March 2019 to ensure that there is continuity of care for local residents.
Three of the surgeries concerned were previously run by Ocean Health who handed back the contract. Immediately following this, Devon Doctors stepped in to stabilise services providing experienced practice managers and GPs to handle patient calls. Since then, Access Health Care have run these three practices and three more at Ernesettle, Mount Gould and Trelawny.
Speaking earlier today, Johnny Mercer reassured residents that their practices would be still be there for them tomorrow:
“Reference the Plymouth Herald story on GP surgeries in Plymouth, I have contacted NHS England to ensure patients are being properly looked after and receiving the correct communication.
“As the story clearly states, Access Health Care have had their contract extended to March 2019 so patients of the surgeries concerned can rest assured that their surgery will still be there tomorrow. I will continue to work with NHSE long term to guarantee the needs of my constituents.”
Earlier this year, applications for two new pharmacies were granted in Barne Barton to bring a new and welcome provision to the area.