Following overwhelming support from their patients, Snaefell Surgery in Anagh Coar, is to stay open after the practice partners withdrew their notice to cease providing services.
There had been concerns over the future of the practice after a very public row over funding. The surgery posted on its website: ‘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 14.08.21. This will of course have a major impact on patients and staff alike.’
But now Health Minister David Ashford has said: ‘The DHSC is delighted at this positive outcome, which is great news and ends a period of uncertainty for Snaefell Surgery’s patients. I thank all those involved in finding a solution.’
Speaking to Gef, Mr Ashford confirmed that the practice has not received any additional funding as part of the agreement to keep the surgery going. He added: ‘We have gone through with the GP’s what they are entitled to under the new contract and they are content with that and have therefore rescinded their notice.’
The team at Snaefell Surgery has been highly praised for the care it provides to the 5,400 patients who use it. They have recently recruited two part time GP partners and an advanced nurse practitioner to complement their staff skill mix.
Practice Manager Robin Hynes said: ‘We feel reassured enough at present that we have adequate funding to continue to provide the friendly and efficient service that our patients deserve.’
Douglas South MHK Paul Quine said: ‘This is the best news we could have wished for. My thanks to the efforts from the practice partners and the DHSC for ensuring this brilliant community facility carries on with business as usual!’