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House of Commons Hansard
17 March 2015
Volume 594


Tuesday 17 March 2015



Dover Medical Practice

The Petition of residents of the UK,

Declares that the Petitioners believe that Dover Medical Practice, situated in Dover Health Centre on Maison Dieu Road, should remain open; further that the Petitioners believe that it is the duty of NHS England to make sure all existing services continue to be available to its patients and to ensure that there are adequate staff for this to happen; and further that a local Petition on this matter in the Dover constituency received 803 signatures.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to take all possible steps to ensure that Dover Medical Practice will not close; and further that the House of Commons urges the Department of Health to guarantee that NHS England continues to provide the present staff and services at the Dover Medical Practice for the benefit of the local community.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Charlie Elphicke, Official Report, 05 November 2014; Vol. 587, c. 936.]


Observations from the Secretary of State for Health:

In May 2014, Concordia Health informed NHS England that it wished to withdraw from its contract to manage Dover Medical Practice early. Following discussions it was agreed that the contract would be brought to an end on 30 November 2014.

NHS England’s Kent and Medway Area Team took the decision to allow Dover Medical Practice to close, as it wished to commission GP services from practices and providers that are sustainable, resilient and could provide certainty and continuity of care to patients. It believed this could best be achieved under the provision of a permanent contract for GP services.

Patients registered at Dover Medical Practice were advised that they would be required to reregister with another GP practice, of which there are a number in and around Dover, and were provided with a list of all the relevant practices and their contact details.

Minor Injuries Unit at Cossham Hospital (Kingswood)

The Petition of residents of the Kingswood constituency,

Declares that Cossham Hospital, having previously been threatened with closure, has now received a £20 million refurbishment with a range of new healthcare facilities; further that a Minor Injuries Unit which was pledged as part of the Bristol Health Services plan has yet to be installed; further that the Member for Kingswood has already raised this matter on several occasions in the House of Commons calling for a Minor Injuries Unit to be installed and has collected a petition of over 2,500 signatures calling for the same; and further that the Petitioners support the determination of the Save Cossham Hospital Group who have campaigned for a Minor Injuries Unit.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to call upon local NHS healthcare managers to honour the pledge made to local people in Kingswood to install a Minor Injuries Unit at Cossham Hospital as soon as possible.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Chris Skidmore, Official Report, 22 October 2014; Vol. 586, c. 1005.]


Observations from the Secretary of State for Health:

The reconfiguration of local health services is a matter for the local NHS. All service changes should be led by clinicians and be in the best interests of patients, not driven from the top down. Any proposed significant changes to services are subject to the four tests for service reconfiguration, which set out that proposals should demonstrate support from clinical commissioners; strengthened public and patient engagement; clarity on the clinical evidence base; and support for patient choice.

On 30 January 2015, the South Gloucestershire Council’s Public Health and Health Scrutiny Committee wrote to the Secretary of State formally referring South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group’s delay in reaching a decision on the implementation of a Minor Injury Unit at Cossham Memorial Hospital, and its decision to undertake a primary care minor injuries pilot instead.