Public engagement on the longer-term access to GP services for patients formerly registered at Pennygate Health Centre has now concluded and South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Primary Care Commissioning Committee will meet on Thursday 31 January 2019 to make a decision on the future of these services.
This follows five consultation events that were held in Spalding between October and December 2018, which provided local people with the opportunity to share their views and concerns following the closure of the Pennygate Health Centre last September, as Rebecca Neno, Deputy Director of Nursing and Quality, South Lincolnshire CCG, explains.
“The views of local people are vital and will inform our decision making process going forwards, so we were pleased with the response from Spalding residents, including former Pennygate patients, a number of whom made the effort to attend one or more of the consultation events we ran locally and/or completed our survey in order to share their thoughts and concerns.”
The CCG has collected feedback from local people who attended the consultation events, all of which will be considered by its Primary Care Commissioning Committee, who will make a decision as to the future provision of GP services, which will also be considered by the CCG’s Governing Body that will meet later the same day (Thursday 31 January).
In addition, the current interim arrangement that has seen most former Pennygate patients moving to the new Johnson GP Centre at the Johnson Community Hospital will be extended to the autumn, in order to provide some continuity and security to patients, and give the CCG opportunity to plan for the longer-term.
“It’s important to emphasise that no decision has been made yet. The Primary Care Commissioning Committee will receive our report and will consider the feedback we have gathered from local people and then make a decision as to the best long-term solution, which will then go to our Governing Body for its consideration, after which we will publicly confirm the outcome,” adds Rebecca.
Both the Primary Care Commissioning Committee and Governing Body meetings will be held on Thursday 31 January 2019, at the Springfields Events Centre, Spalding – the Primary Care Commissioning Committee will meet at 10.30 am and the Governing Body will meet at 2.30pm. It is important to note that the two meetings are held in public but are not public meetings – members of the public are welcome to attend and observe but cannot ask questions.