Many may know the work that we have been doing to lobby the NHS Brent board to resurrect a GP Surgery Practice in the Burnley Road area. We have some great news on the campaign which will open up the chances of a new practice coming in.
After lobbying from patient groups, local beneficiaries, the Brent Labour Group on the Council with myself, Deputy Mayor Aslam Choudry, Councillor Leslie Jones and Councillors Hunter and Sneddon, in August this year the executive management team of Brent PCT agreed a shortlist of options for the future of patients who are currently registered at the Willesden Centre for Health and Care.
Three options were outlined at the patient meeting on the 12th August. The three options were:
- Transfer of the management of the Burnley Road practice via an open tender process
- Transfer of the management of the Burnley Road practice to a restricted list of existing practices within Brent
- To discontinue the Burnley Road practice and to transfer the patients to other GP practices in the area who have spare capacity.
After undertaking an in depth analysis of these options in September and October 2010 findings were reported to the Health Select Committee on the 14th October. The recommendation of option 1 was then put forwad to the NHS Brent Board meeting on the 25th November 2010 and this is the option that is being pursued.
An open tender will increase the chances of attracting a GP Practice into the area. Well done and thank you to all that have been involved in the campaign -I cannot thank you enough. This has stopped the dispersal of 3,000 patients to surgeries around Brent which quite frankly would have been chaotic.