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Healthcare bosses to consider petition on Lakeside Healthcare in Stamford

A petition calling for an end to a monopoly on GP services in Stamford with more than 3,100 signatures will go before healthcare commissioning bosses tomorrow (Wednesday, August 25).

However, the board of NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Care Commissioning Group will only be asked to “note” the campaign saying it is “for information purposes only”.

The petition was launched in June by Better Healthcare for Stamford, calling for an end to Lakeside Healthcare's "monopoly" of GP services in the town.

The Sheepmarket Surgery off Ryhall Road, Stamford
The Sheepmarket Surgery off Ryhall Road, Stamford

Lakeside Healthcare Stamford operates Sheepmarket Surgery off Ryhall Road and uses the St Mary's Medical Centre building off Wharf Road. It is the only provider of NHS GP services in the town and has about 30,000 registered patients. In August, the Care Quality Commission rated Lakeside Healthcare as 'inadequate' and ordered that improvements were made.

In a letter to CCG chairman John Turner, the group’s organisers said the petition response equates to 20 per cent of the town’s population and 10 per cent of the provider’s total patient list.

“We believe the situation should never have been allowed to become so serious, and that patients’ welfare should never have been sacrificed for what has developed into a lamentable and failed tenure by Lakeside in Stamford,” said the group.

Sheepmarket Surgery, Ryhall Road, Stamford
Sheepmarket Surgery, Ryhall Road, Stamford

“Unfortunately, as with most monopolistic situations, when the competition reduced, so did the service provided.

“Better Healthcare for Stamford will continue to campaign for Lakeside’s long-suffering patients until commissioning bodies take seriously the appalling and totally undeserved treatment they have received, since long before the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This issue now appears to provide a cynical excuse for the lack of care, when we know there is clear evidence of other surgeries in the surrounding regions providing far better care for their patients.”

In a report ahead of the meeting, the CCG said it was “currently considering matters relating to the future structure and configuration of services in Stamford” and that further analysis would take place and be reviewed.

“The immediate focus of the CCG is to support the practice and to liaise with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to ensure that the shortcomings identified in the recent CQC report are addressed as a priority,” it said.

On receipt of the CQC’s report earlier this month, Lakeside said it was addressing the issues raised and focussing its efforts on addressing concerns.

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