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Three of four GPs to leave Leeds medical centre

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Three GPs are to leave a Leeds doctors’ surgery – with just one staying on there.

Mystery surrounds the reasons behind the departures, though NHS bosses have assured patients that Shadwell Medical Centre will remain open and services will continue as normal.

The centre, on Shadwell Lane, serves 6,000 patients in North Leeds and currently has four family doctors practising there.

But notices have gone up at the surgery and on the centre’s website saying three of those four will leave next month.

A joint statement from the three who are leaving, Dr Jeremy Sager, Dr Sara Khoshneviszadeh and Dr Andrew Gill, said the decision to resign had been arrived at “following much careful thought and soul-searching”.

“The relevant authorities were made aware of the difficulties that had arisen at the practice prior to their reluctant resignations,” they told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“The doctors will miss all their patients a great deal and wish them all well in the future.”

Managing partner Dr Ian Bargh is staying on at the centre and NHS bosses said they were working with him to ensure services would continue as normal.

An advert for GPs and nurse practitioner roles at the facility has been posted on websites for medical professionals, with a closing date of May 9.

A spokeswoman for NHS England in West Yorkshire said: “Three of the GP partners at the Shadwell Medical Centre will be leaving the practice in May. The fourth GP partner will remain with the practice. There are no plans to close this practice and patients should continue to use the medical centre as normal.

“NHS England is working with the remaining GP partner to ensure immediate and longer-term plans are put in place at the practice so that patients continue to receive high quality, local health services.”

Longstanding patient Pat Sorrell, who lives nearby, said: “When three doctors are going, that’s not normal.

“It’s just odd.”

She added that she had always been happy with the service provided by the centre in over 30 years of being a patient there. It is not believed that there are any issues with quality of care.

The NHS England spokeswoman added: “Shadwell Medical Centre met all of the standards set by the Care Quality Commission at its last routine inspection of the practice in August 2013.”

 

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