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South Holland District Council will be writing to Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board to ask it to honour pledge for surgery in western Spalding

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District leaders are joining forces to fight the closure of a Spalding GP surgery and improve clinical facilities.

South Holland District Council has agreed to write to Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) to raise concerns about the shutting of the practice, which is based at Johnson Hospital, and has 3,000 patients.

Lincolnshire Community Health Service (LCHS) has been running the practice at the Spalding Road hospital but will not be extending the service contract, which ends in September.

Johnson Community Hospital car park and Minor Injuries Unit, Spalding. (58313197)
Johnson Community Hospital car park and Minor Injuries Unit, Spalding. (58313197)

Councillors will also be asking the ICB to honour a pledge by its predecessors to provide a surgery in the west side of town - but concerns were expressed about NHS recruitment.

Independent group leader Coun Angela Newton has been campaigning on both issues since the GP surgery closure was announced.

She asked what action the council was taking on the closure and asked for a letter to be written to the ICB and Lincolnshire County Council’s Health Scrutiny Board lending support.

Coun Newton said: “If the Spalding western relief road comes to fruition and goes as far as Pode Hole then the bulk of the new houses will be in the west end of town.

“I am wondering if this council will make representation to the ICB.”

Council leader Gary Porter told the Wednesday’s full meeting that he shared Coun Newton’s concerns about the closure of the surgery.

He said that it was important that the other practices in the area would be able to cope with the dispersal of 3,000 patients from Spalding GP Surgery.

But Coun Porter stated that there is planning consent for a doctors surgery on Wygate Park and the council had raised concerns with the health service about finding GPs to staff it.

He said: “Because if that was the problem then perhaps the council should be able to appoint GPs from another country but that was before we left the EU.

“Seems to me there are not enough GPs to make the health service work. We should be able to bring in more GPs from elsewhere to make the service successful.

“We need to make sure that 3,000 patients are not dispersed all around the district as all GP services are already over subscribed. And 3,000 patients is not going to make it any better.”

The ICB is running a consultation with patients from the surgery after LCHS decided to end its contract to provide the GP service in September. The trust gave notice of its intention to quit in May.

A public consultation is running before the board opens its ‘expression of interest’ for companies to bid for the contract in September. The new provider is hoped to be appointed by November .

How to have your say

Patients will be able to have their say on the closure of Spalding GP Surgery in a consultation which closes in September.

Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board is running an online consultation along with a series of events.

The final event will be held in the Patio Room, Springfields Events and Conference Centre, on Thursday, August 18, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

Alternatively patients will be able to take part in an online survey which can be found at https://lincolnshire.icb.nhs.uk/spalding-gp-surgery-consultation/

The consultation will be closing on September 7.

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