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Decision affecting 7,000 patients at three GP practices is revealed

More than 7,000 patients will be allocated to new doctors’ surgeries in an inner-city area after a decision was made on the future of three GP practices.

The contracts to run Manningham Medical Practice, the Picton@Sai surgery at Westbourne Green Community Health Centre and Picton@Whetley Medical Centre all come to an end in March 2018.

During a meeting of Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group Primary Care Commissioning Committee, held today at the Carlisle Business Centre in Manningham, a decision was taken on where 7,000 patients will be moved to for doctors appointments.

The committee heard how 11 surgeries in Manningham made applications to take on some of the patients and, following an evaluation panel, the CCG decided which surgeries would be best placed to take on new patients.

Karen Stothers, head of commissioning, said: “At the evaluation panel we looked at the applications anonymously at that point. We agreed on a consensus score for the applications, and one was dismissed at that point, so we scored a total of ten applications.

“One wanted to take on the Manningham Medical Practice’s whole list, and another wanted to take on the whole lists from the other two centres.”

The decision to accept these two applications was agreed by the 11-person committee.

It was decided Clarendon Medical Practice will take on the full list of patients from Manningham Medical Practice. Clarendon is based 400 metres down the road from the Manningham Medical Practice in Lumb Lane.

A spokesman for Bradford City CCG confirmed that Clarendon will keep the practice in Lumb Lane open “for the foreseeable future”.

The Picton Medical Centre, based at Westbourne Green Community Health Centre, will take on the patient lists from the other two centres, Picton@Whetley, which is based around 500 metres away, and Picton@Sai which is based at Westbourne Green.

Jidendra Kumar Gupta, whose sister opened Manningham Medical Practice in the 1970s, has been campaigning for two years to save the centre from closure.

He said: “Clarendon will take the centre over in March, and I have been assured they will be keeping the Manningham Medical Practice centre open and they will be running it.

“This is the best case scenario for us, the patient list has not been dispersed and we can continue to go to the practice. I would like to thank the city’s MPs Judith Cummins, Imran Hussain, and especially Naz Shah for their efforts and support. We see this as a victory, we have got what we wanted thanks to the support from Ms Shah.”

Mr Gupta added he is meeting with Dr Waheed Hussain, lead senior partner at Clarendon, later this week to discuss how the practice will operate in the future.

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