Politicians plan meeting over potential surgery closure

Beighton medical centre health centre GP surgery
Beighton medical centre health centre GP surgery

Politicians are to meet with practice managers over concerns about the planned closure of a Sheffield health centre.

Beighton Health Centre in Queens Road is facing the threat of closure as a result of cuts to its NHS budget.

Sothall and Beighton Medical Practice, which serves more than 10,000 patients, says an anticipated loss of almost a quarter of its funding in the next four years means it can no longer afford to maintain the same service at its two sites.

Coun Ian Saunders said ward councillors and MP Clive Betts are trying to arrange a meeting with officials from Sothall and Beighton Medical Practice about the proposals.

Coun Saunders said it is hoped the meeting will take place as soon as possible.

He said: “We are all concerned about it. I do know from having spoken to one of the doctors last week that they are potentially facing a 24 per cent cut in their budget.

“They are now facing what the council has faced for the last few years – this is government cutbacks.”

He said the meeting will try to address why Beighton has been selected for closure and what other steps the practice is taking to tackle cutbacks.

The medical practice has launched a three-month patient consultation which is suggesting the potential closure of Beighton Health Centre so service levels can be maintained at Sothall Medical Centre on Eckington Road, along with longer opening hours.

Patients have been told the other option would be to keep both sites open but with significantly reduced services.

The letter to patients said government funding is being redistributed to poorer areas of the country, hitting the cash available to support many practices in Sheffield.