Brighton MP steps up pressure on NHS chiefs over future of Kemp Town surgery

Posted On 05 Jan 2015 at 7:03 pm

Brighton Kemptown MP Simon Kirby said that he had written to NHS chiefs, urging them to decide the future of a GP surgery in his constituency.

Mr Kirby said that his letter to NHS England came after he previously met the organisation’s director, Sarah Creamer.

The Conservative MP said that he wrote today (Monday 5 January) to make the case for keeping the Eaton Place surgery open.

It was earmarked for closure after both doctors – Malcolm Stalker and Robert Mockett – said that they intended to retire in February.

Mr Kirby said: “I have consistently supported the retention of a GP surgery at Eaton Place and made this very clear to NHS England during my meeting.

“I am calling on NHS England to make a decision as soon as possible to give clarity and certainty for patients.

“I will continue to lobby on behalf of constituents until a decision is made.”

The Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre, in Western Road, in Hove, is believed to be in talks with NHS England about the practice.

If it takes on the Eaton Place practice as a branch surgery it would avoid the need for a time-consuming procurement process.

If a formal procurement process takes place, it will not be finished before the current doctors are due to retire.

At the moment patients are being advised to register with other GP surgeries.

An announcement by NHS England is expected soon.

 

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