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Anger after confirmation there will be "no stand-alone GP" in Harbottle

NHS England today confirmed there will not be a "stand-alone" GP in Harbottle again.

People living nearby say they're furious at the amount of time being taken to sort out, what they say is now, a GP crisis.

Harbottle surgery closed earlier this month because of problems recruiting doctors as well as funding changes.

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Harbottle: NHS England say "our primary concern is to ensure patients are registered with a GP"

Christine Keen, director of commissioning for NHS England Cumbria and the North East has said that their top priority is to ensure everyone is registered with a GP. Hundreds gathered on Tuesday evening to voice their anger about the closure of a GP practice in rural Northumberland.

Over the past few weeks there have been exceptional circumstances in Harbottle Surgery. NHS England has written to, and met with, patients and stakeholders to explain the context of this and try to provide reassurance about what is happening with GP services in the area.

As there is no current GP service in Harbottle, our primary and immediate concern is to ensure patients are registered with another GP practice. If patients have not yet registered with another practice, they need to do so as soon as possible to ensure they can continue to access GP services.

We are currently in discussion about how some services may be provided from Harbottle surgery and, together with Northumberland clinical commissioning group, we are fully committed to keeping people informed about the future provision of primary care in Northumberland. The shape of future services will always be informed by talking and consulting with relevant organisations, representatives and groups.

– Christine Keen


North Yorkshire MP says women GPs 'a huge burden' on the NHS

The MP for Thirsk and Malton, Anne McIntosh has sparked controversy by claiming that the number of women GPs who choose to work part-time are putting the health service under strain.

Health Minister Anna Soubry responded initially by saying that Anne McIntosh had made an "important point about the unintended consequences of the number of women training as doctors".

But, following criticism from Dr Clare Gerada, Chair of the Royal College of General Practioners, Ms Soubry said that she had "not intended to be derogatory" and that the number of GPs needed to be increased.