Joint statement from NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group and Midlands Medical Partnership:
“Providing safe patient care is a priority for Midlands Medical Partnership (MMP) and it is working closely with NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to ensure that patients of Mere Green Surgery continue to be able to access high quality services from a local GP.
“In 2012, Mere Green Surgery was facing an uncertain future and MMP stepped in to provide services for its patients. In recent years, as GP recruitment has become more challenging nationally, it has had to rely on locum doctors, which it feels does not provide the best continuity of care for patients, and it is therefore no longer in a position to sustain the branch.
“MMP has approached the CCG with a proposal to close its Mere Green branch based in Carlton House. The proposal would allow the 1,900 registered patients at Mere Green Surgery to remain with MMP and be able to continue to book appointments and access services from other MMP sites if they are prepared to travel. There would be no change to the practice’s boundary, with vulnerable patients who require home visits still being able to request them.
“If MMP sites are not convenient, patients can choose to register at an alternative practice of their choice and they would be supported with information and assistance to do this.
“MMP’s proposal to close its Mere Green Surgery branch site, which includes the findings of its patient engagement, will be submitted for consideration to a future meeting of the CCG’s Primary Care Commissioning Committee.”