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Hunt for new people to run Wirral GP practice; Current set-up 'no longer sustainable'.

Byline: LIAM MURPHY

A MERSEYSIDE GP surgery faces major upheaval after NHS bosses said they would be seeking new people to run it.

The contract to offer care services to almost 7,000 patients from Townfield Health Centre in Wirral will be offered to new bidders over the coming months.

It comes after the current GP partners were told by NHS bosses their current arrangements "are not sustainable".

A spokesman for the Primary Care Trust (PCT) said there were "some internal issues with the management of the practice" and it was "in the best interests of patients to put new management in".

However patients have been told it should not affect their care from the practice and they will remain registered at the centre in Prenton.

A letter sent by the PCT to the practice's 6,900 patients said: "The current GPs partnership arrangements are not sustainable in the longer term. Therefore a new contract holder is needed".

It also said the PCT "expect the current GP partners to continue to provide services for the remainder of the existing contract" which runs until June and that current staff will "transfer to the new employer once the new contract is awarded".

The GP practice said it had no comment at the present time but a statement from Wirral PCT said it is "re-tendering the contract for primary care (General Practice) services currently provided from the Townfield Health Centre in Prenton". The PCT said: "This means that the existing contract to provide services for the 6,900 patients will end on June 30 2013 with a new provider contracted to run the services from July 1 2013.

"The PCT has taken this decision as the existing contract holders' partnership arrangements are not sustainable in the longer term and a new contract holder is needed in order to secure high quality primary care services for patients into the future.

"This should have no impact on the quality or continuation of patient services - the current GP partners will continue to provide services for the remainder of the existing contract.

"PS In addition the existing practice staff will transfer to the new employer at that point."

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 5, 2013
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