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Healthwatch Oxfordshire speaks out over Deer Park Surgery


Healthwatch Oxfordshire has voiced its concerns following the announcement that Deer Park Surgery in Witney. As well as giving radio and television interviews with BBC Oxford, we are attending meetings with the Patient Participation Group, Health Overseeing and Scrutiny Committee and Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Healthwatch Oxfordshire is concerned first and foremost that patients, particularly vulnerable patients must be supported to transfer surgeries and so have continuity of care.

While we are also concerned about the impact on other GP surgeries in Witney we understand that they indicated to Clinical Commissiong Group that they could take additional patients subject to support from the CCG in respect of recruitment of doctors and premises. We will continue to monitor this.

The transfer of patients is planned for January onwards,  to give GP surgeries time to plan and resource for additional patients.  However, we aware that this is causing concern to some patients, particularly the elderly, and we are going to ask the CCG for more frequent and clear communication with patients can be achieved over the next three months.  The concerns are:

  • Patients will not move until the last moment and so not get the first choice practice;
  • Witney surgeries will seek to ‘close’ their lists before all patients have transferred;
  • The campaign, led by the Patient Participation Group, to keep the surgery open – it currently asking for a 12 month-extension to March 2018 – will give patients false hope and they may not transfer.