Patients of the Sudbury Primary Care Practice are objecting to their GP practice being taken over a new provider without any consultation. In this guest blog Paul Lorber expresses his anger about their treatment by NHS England:
The patients from Sudbury have had enough of being messed about by the bureaucrats from NHS England.
We therefore occupied the GP Surgery in protest at being ignored.
NHS England are refusing inform us as patients and do not respond to any communications.
We (I have been a patient of this practice for over 30 years) have therefore decided to take direct action to hammer home our message.
More occupations are planned as we are determined to keep our existing doctors and not have the GP Surgery taken over.
These are my letters to NHS England:
Dear Ms Peppard
Please treat this email as a formal complaint against NHS England.
NHS England have created confusion, uncertainty and worry for the over 8,000 patients at this GP Surgery over the past 12 months.
NHS England representatives have provided misinformation and NO information and failed to respond to questions on a timely basis.
It is clear to me as a taxpayer that all the NHS England is good at is to waste public money and that the organisation is nothing more than a self serving waste of time.
Can you please pass this email to the head of NHS England and ask him/her to answer a very simple question by Friday of this week - What have NHS England done with my GPs and why have they failed to inform me?
Dear Ms Peppard
I note that another 9 days have passed without any information from NHS England.
After all I am only a patient so what do I matter?
Yet the NHS England spokesperson is happy to tell the local Newspaper that a new provider will take over my GP Surgery on 1 November.
In view of this confident statement of certainty I fail to see why NHS England do have the decency to respond to questions from patients or to keep us informed.
I appreciate that you wish that we all just died or disappeared. Unfortunately we have no intention of doing so and every intention of fighting for our rights and our GPs.
Can you please respond by this Friday.
Patient at Sudbury Vale Farm GP Practice and a Taxpayer contributing to the salaries of NHS England Staff