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Closure of Marske Medical Centre

Volume 629: debated on Monday 9 October 2017

The petition of residents of Marske and New Marske in the Redcar Constituency.

Declares that the decision to close the Medical Centre of Hall Close, Marske-by-the-Sea, will leave over 5,000 patients, many of whom are elderly, without a local medical practice, and require them to travel to neighbouring towns to register with a General Practitioner.

The Petitioners therefore request the House of Commons to urge the Government to prevent the closure of the Marske Medical Centre.

And the petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Anna Turley , Official Report, 25 April 2017; Vol. 624, c. 1069 .]

[P002037]

Observations from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Steve Brine):

There is a system in place to ensure that service changes are scrutinised and challenged through formal processes. This system is based on the principle that it is right that decisions regarding local service changes are led by local clinicians, who best understand the healthcare needs of their population.

South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) closed Marske Medical Practice on 30 June after four unsuccessful attempts to find a provider for the service. The vast majority of former Marske Medical Practice patients (approximately 4,600) have now registered with another practice. There are approximately 500 patients who have yet to do so. The CCG has issued another letter to all these patients requesting them to register with another practice and provided support on how to do this.

Surrounding practices are coping with the influx of patients and have increased staffing levels to manage demand.