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Mr Vara recently met with members of the Botolph Bridge Patient Participation Group regarding their concerns about the process and timescale being followed by NHS England’s East Anglia Area Team. At present, the timetable for the exercise is due to report back with a result immediately before Christmas.
Mr Vara has written to Mr Stephen Hay, Managing Director of Provider Regulation at Monitor, expressing his concerns and has asked Mr Hay to intervene to halt the tendering process in light of the concerns. One particular issue is the timing of the process which involves crucial decisions being taken during the Christmas period, a time when people’s attention will be focussed on the festive season.
Mr Vara said: “The Botolph Bridge Community Health Centre is one of the better performing GP surgeries in Peterborough with an excellent rate of patient satisfaction in relation to the services it provides.
The PPG has now submitted comprehensive detailed formal complaints to the main board of directors of NHS England and a referral to the NHS Regulator, Monitor, outlining many breaches of professional conduct and procedural issues which are totally out of line with the ethos of the NHS.”
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