GP Surgeries: Closures:Written question - 65098

Asked by Steve McCabe
(Birmingham, Selly Oak)

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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 22 February 2017
Department of Health
GP Surgeries: Closures
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether clinical commissioning groups are required to consult patients before closing a GP surgery.
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 27 February 2017

There is no defined statutory requirement for a notice period to patients when a general practitioner surgery is to close.

NHS England’s guidance for commissioners, the Primary Medical Care Policy Book, suggests that between nine and 15 months prior to contract end, commissioners should undertake a needs and impact assessment and develop an engagement plan, and between two and 10 months before contract end, the commissioners should commence negotiation for the continuation of or procurement of an alternative Primary Medical Service provider, or the appropriate exit plan (including communication to patients).

Only at contract end would the patient list be dispersed, at which point patients would be notified and informed of their right to choose an alternative provider. Details of other local providers could be provided as part of this communication.

Grouped Questions: 65097

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