Victory for campaigners fighting GP transfer to private company

Staff and patients at Withnell Health Centre have won their campaign, – followed recently inThe Lowdown), against Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB), which has now agreed to re-run a procurement process which awarded SSP Health, a large private primary care company the contract to run the health centre in Chorley, Lancashire. 

A spokesperson from campaign group Save Withnell Health Centre said: ‘The ICB informed us today that they have decided to abandon the current plans for Withnell Health Centre and they will instead re-run the procurement process.

‘They will complete this process in 18 months time and until then the surgery will remain in the hands of the current management team under the leadership of our fantastic GP, Dr Ann Robinson, on an 18 month contract starting on the 1st of April 2023.

‘We have been assured by the ICB that there will be a much greater emphasis on patient engagement.

‘This is a huge win for each and every one of the staff working at the practice and for each and every one of you, our truly wonderful patients.’

Full story in The Lowdown, 26 February 2023

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