More than 6000 patients who use the St Martin’s Surgery in Knowle have received letters from NHS England informing them that the GP partners are quitting the NHS. The reason given for the decision is that it has proved impossible to recruit new doctors to replace those who have left. Since 2010 the number of GP training places has fallen and those places that remain have not been filled.
Dawn Primarolo has spoken with senior managers at NHS England who are responsible for providing primary care and called for a meeting of all south Bristol GPs to find a solution. She has also written to Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health demanding action.
Commenting Dawn said:
“There is no doubt this will cause significant anxiety and distress for patients registered at St Martins, which I know has an outstanding local reputation. They will want to know why young doctors don’t want to join a well-run successful surgery and what action NHS England has taken.
“The bigger question is how many GP surgeries in Bristol and in other parts of the country are under similar threat?
“Rather than focusing on patients, this Government has created chaos within the NHS with a massive reorganisation which has created a crisis in primary care.
“Jeremy Hunt should stop criticising GPs and get a grip of what is really happening.”