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New contract for troubled St Austell GP practice

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 26, 2014

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Health bosses say they are in the “final stages” of finding a new provider of GP services at St Austell’s biggest practice.

It comes after the surgery which suddenly terminated its NHS contract after reporting “financial difficulties.”

Polkyth Surgery, on Carlyon Road, left thousands of patients in limbo when partners Angus Senior and Manisha Cooper said they had been forced to cede their contract.

NHS England, which oversees the GP service, said that it hopes to announce a new contractor this week which would take on the contract for a year.

A spokesman said: “NHS England is currently in the final stages of discussion with a new provider to take over the Polkyth contract on a 12-month basis. We hope to be able to confirm arrangements later this week, including exciting proposals that would bring real benefits for patients.”

Drs Senior and Cooper said they would keep the practice open while a new provider was found. In a statement on the surgery’s website, the GPs said the decision was prompted by “financial difficulties” and taken with “great regret.”

It read: “We would like to reassure our patients that we are fully open as normal for all services. We can confirm we will be ending our contract for GP services. We will remain open while NHS England put in alternative arrangements.”

The statement continued: “We apologise if this is unsettling. It is with great regret that we have decided to relinquish our contract, having made many friends and supported the community for so many years.”

St Austell and Newquay MP Stephen Gilbert said he was gravely concerned.

“The news that the GPs will hand back their contract will be deeply worrying for patients. It is vital that our NHS providers are able to operate viably and I will be raising the specifics of this case with ministers after the summer recess.”

Polkyth Surgery serves almost 11,000 patients, but it is thought to have struggled to cope with recent reforms.

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