Leeds surgery to close its doors

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A GP surgery in Leeds will close next week despite calls to maintain services there.

As reported previously in the Yorkshire Evening Post, patients of Whinmoor Surgery have been told the practice will close as the sole GP there is retiring.

An online petition started by patients has also attracted over 200 signatures so far.

Negotiations to replace Dr Makram Mossad fell through earlier this month and his 2,000 patients have now been told they will have to register elsewhere.

Councillor Peter Gruen, ward councillor and chairman of the Leeds City Council Health Scrutiny Board, had been liaising with NHS chiefs and urged them to ensure services were retained.

Dr Mossad, who built the surgery on White Laithe Approach nearly 25 years ago, said he notified NHS bosses months ago that he was retire.

It is understood proposals had been drawn up for GPs from other practices to run surgeries at Whinmoor when Dr Mossad left. However Dr Mossad says he was told last week that this would no longer happen and the surgery would close, leaving patients needing to change GPs.

Coun Gruen (Lab, Cross Gates and Whinmoor) said: “I understand that lengthy, but sadly unsuccessful negotiations, have been held with Dr Mossad, who owns the building, about a short term contract at the present surgery.

“I believe the talks broke down earlier this month and this will be very disappointing news for the patients, many of whom are elderly.”

Philip Lewer, chairman of the CCG, said: “There are unfortunately no GPs willing to take on the practice so keeping it open is not an option.”

A letter to patients says they can register at three other local GP practices.