Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, on Friday 19th September 2014 chaired a public meeting on the future of Circuit Lane Surgery.
This followed the announcement from NHS England, the body responsible for commissioning GP services locally, that the five GPs at the surgery have tendered their resignations and their contract to provide GP services will end on 31 January 2015.
Following the meeting, Alok has had further discussions with NHS England and other local healthcare bodies. He has proposed, and it has been accepted, that a Working Group is formed to assist the procurement and information process.
This Working Group consists of representatives from NHS England, the local Clinical Commissioning Group, the Circuit Lane Patient Participation Group, the local Health and Well Being Board (representing Reading Borough Council), Healthwatch Reading and Alok.
The role of the Working Group will primarily be to:
The first meeting of this Working Group will take place on Friday 26 September.
NHS England has also agreed to the suggestion of writing to all registered patients to communicate developments and a letter will be sent by NHS England shortly.
A further update public meeting will take place on 5th December 2014 and Alok’s constituents interested in attending this meeting should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01189 413 803.
Alok Sharma said: “I know this is a worrying time for patients at Circuit Lane Surgery but there is a clear determination to deliver continuity of care. Whoever emerges as the new GP service provider, I hope there will be scope for some of the current doctors at the surgery to continue as GPs locally, but clearly this is all to be decided as part of the procurement process NHS England is running.”