Latest advice for patients of Deer Park Surgery, Witney
Healthwatch Oxfordshire has been in touch with the surgeries at Charlbury and Woodstock.
Both have confirmed that their lists are open and that they are accepting all patients who live within their boundaries. Charlbury has registered about 20 new patients from Deer Park over the last few days and are continuing to do so.
Woodstock has not had many applications to register, and has only refused one patient recently, and that was because they did not live in the practice area. Broadshires has confirmed that it is continuing to register patients living within its boundary as normal.
Nuffield Health Centre has confirmed that it has a policy of not registering children if their parent or legal guardian is not also registered and that this is for safeguarding reasons. The GP contract allows a GP to refuse an application to go on their list if they have reasonable grounds for doing so which do not relate to the applicant’s race, gender, social class, age, religion, sexual orientation, appearance, disability or medical condition. The practice should provide a reason for refusal in writing. If the patient wishes to make a complaint about this policy, or how it has been implemented, they can do this directly with the practice or by contacting the NHS England complaints team – here is the link to the NHS England website that provides information about how to complain https://www.england.nhs.uk/contact-us/complaint/complaining-to-nhse/ . CCGs cannot deal with complaints against GPs as we are not authorised to do so.’
If people are being refused it is because they are live outside of the catchment area.