Marlowe Park Medical Centre, now run by hard-working Dr Juneja, after Dr Brophy retired, is being threatened with closure. A Primary Care Trust ‘cluster’ (PCT) still runs the NHS in Kent and Medway until government plans to put family doctors in charge begin. The PCT proposes to close our local GP surgery on 31st March.
The proposed closure is NOT because of cuts or any need to save money. It seems to be because of differences between Dr Juneja and some of the managers at the PCT. The PCT has also demanded that Dr Juneja sign a legal agreement that could let the PCT take over the surgery, even though Dr Juneja owns the building, and has a mortgage with a bank which may not agree to this.
We understand that the surgery now scores 961 out of 1,000 on the PCT’s rating for quality of medical service, despite getting less money from the PCT than some other GP surgeries.
Dr Juneja has been opening the surgery from around 7am so he can treat hard-working Strood residents who commute by coach to London. He even speaks Russian and Polish, helping him treat many patients from those countries who have moved to Medway. His patient numbers are going up and we are told have now hit 3,500.
We do not understand why the PCT would close this surgery.
Mark Reckless MP says:
“On Friday I spoke with Ann Sutton, who runs the NHS Kent and Medway PCT, and explained that local people would not understand the surgery in Marlowe Park closing. We agreed that personal or legal differences should not get in the way of providing the best possible healthcare for local people in Strood. However, unless I succeed in mediating between Dr Juneja and PCT managers, I fear that the surgery will close on March 31st”.
Do you want to SAVE OUR SURGERY,or see Dr Juneja’s practice close with patients moved elsewhere?
You can share your views with the PCT, which will decide, by writing to Ann Sutton of NHS Kent and Medway at 50 Pembroke Court, Chatham Maritime, Chatham, Kent ME4 4EL or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org