MP’s fury at ‘complete shambles’ over Sheffield surgery closure decision

Residents protesting against possible closure of Westfield Health Centre
Residents protesting against possible closure of Westfield Health Centre

A Sheffield MP has labelled NHS England a ‘complete shambles’ over its handling of the potential closure of a city doctor’s surgery.

Clive Betts has said he is angry at the confusion over the future of the Westfield Health Centre, which may be shutting its doors when its sole GP, Dr Gurcharan Singh Chadha, retires at the end of this month.

He said local primary care providers were given just two days last week to put in expressions of interest for taking over the centre, which has 1,800 patients.

Mr Betts, who represents Sheffield South East, said: “NHS England has made a complete shambles of the process for consulting on the future long-term arrangements and options for Westfield patients.”

He said NHS England had originally suggested Westfield patients would have to register with other local practices, but is now running a consultation following a public outcry.

Mr Betts said arrangements should be made for an interim service to operate while a full period of consultation is carried out.

“NHS England should just bring this madness to an end and start again,” he said.

The current consultation by NHS England on whether the surgery should close or a new GP hired is running until December 19 and includes an open event at Westfield Health Centre on December 15 between 10am and noon.

Richard Armstrong, interim director of commissioning, said: “It is vital we speak to patients to ensure we continue to provide them with high-quality services.”