Sheffield surgery staff still due to leave practice - despite possible deal to save site

Westfield and halfway tennents and residents association held a protest today against the closure of Westfield health centre.
Westfield and halfway tennents and residents association held a protest today against the closure of Westfield health centre.
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Staff at a threatened Sheffield surgery are still due to leave at the end of this month – despite NHS bosses hoping to appoint a new provider in the next few days.

Around five workers are employed at the Westfield Health Centre, where NHS England are currently seeking a new provider to take over from January once its current GP Dr Gurcharan Singh Chadha retires.

Health bosses started the reprocurement process following a public protest after initially indicating it would have to close and are due to announce whether a new provider has been found in the next few days.

But while NHS England appears to have made a U-turn on the future of the surgery, one member of staff said they have been told their redundancy notices for December 31 still stand and some staff have already found other jobs.

The worker, who asked not to be named, said: “Not one person from the NHS has consulted with us at all. We are concerned they will supply a GP but there will still be no staff here.”

Richard Armstrong, director of commissioning for South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw at NHS England, said earlier this week that seven providers have expressed potential interest in taking on the site.