A GP practice in south Douglas has terminated its contract with the gov, citing ‘wholly insufficient’ funding.
GP partners at Snaefell Surgery in Anagh Coar this week informed the department they intend to hand back their contract and cease operating the practice after a six month notice period.
A statement on the practice’s website said: ‘Further to the GP Contract Negotiations with the Department of Health and Social Care, Snaefell Surgery LLC has hereby given notice to cease to provide General Medical Services under the current contract as of 14.08.21.
‘This decision is based upon the new contract funding offered to Snaefell Surgery being wholly insufficient to develop the Practice in any meaningful and positive way. This ultimately means that unless the issue is resolved, Snaefell Surgery LLC will close on August 14.
‘This will of course have a major impact on patients and staff alike. Should you wish to contact your MHK, The Minister for Health and Social Care or the DHSC regarding this, we would encourage you to do so.’
The department has said it will meet the partners early next week to discuss the implications of the decision and the steps required to ensure continuity of GP services for patients. The practice has said it will do what it can to assist during the notice period.
Three GPs, a nurse practitioner and two part-time nurses are currently based at Snaefell Surgery, which has more than 5,300 patients on its books. The clinical team is supported by a practice manager and deputy and three part-time receptionists.
GP practices operate as businesses and are contracted by the DHSC – therefore the department cannot comment on the GPs’ decision to end their contract.
Minister David Ashford said: ‘Snaefell Surgery has been a friendly and popular practice which has served the community well over a significant period, so I regret the GPs’ decision to terminate their contract. The uppermost concern for the department is the impact on patients, as well as the dedicated staff team at the surgery. We will keep patients informed about our plans to operate and maintain GP services in the future.’
Snaefell would be the second Douglas practice to close in as many years after the closure of the Promenade Practice was forced too close due to a lack of available GPs following a practice partner retiring.
A FoI request in 2020, before Promenade GP practice closed revealed the nearest practices, Kensington, Palatine and Finch Hill had 9,023, 9,752 and 4,924 patients already registered at their surgery. At that time 4,313 patients were registered at Promenade GP.