Surgery patients say farewell to doctors

PATIENTS of Little Paxton surgery have said farewell to the two doctors who kept their surgery open and functioning for almost the past two years A presentation was made by Peter Hagger, chairman of the Save Our Surgery Group, to Dr David Roberts and Dr

PATIENTS of Little Paxton surgery have said farewell to the two doctors who kept their surgery open and functioning for almost the past two years A presentation was made by Peter Hagger, chairman of the Save Our Surgery Group, to Dr David Roberts and Dr Max Berends at the surgery in Little Paxton.Dr Roberts, senior partner of the Great Staughton practice, has been responsible for the provision of GP services in the village since Dr Ranchhod Patel was suspended and later resigned. Dr Roberts and his team have improved services services and Dr Berends has been the resident GP.The Primary Care Trust threatened to close the surgery once Dr Patel resigned, but the SOS led a vigorous campaign to save the surgery, and this was supported by both doctors. In May, the PCT voted to not only save the surgery but to build a new one. The PCT then decided to invite all local practices to bid for the opportunity to run GP services in the village. Despite all their hard work in improving services, the Great Staughton practice lost out to Buckden, which is set to take over.The SOS, therefore, thought it appropriate that the doctors should be presented with a token to thank them for all their work on behalf of the patients.INFORMATION: The new surgery should be built during the first half of 2006 with occupation planned for May.


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