Why are only half of Cranbrook residents using the soon-to-close doctors surgery?

Could it be the transient nature of renters in the town? Or no effort to sign people up? Or its poor location?

Whoever heard these days of doctors complaining they don’t have enough patients!

“Cranbrook residents are hoping to find out more about the future of its GP surgery which is at threat of closure due to low patient numbers, staffing problems and financial problems.

Access Health Care (AHC), which runs Cranbrook Medical Centre in Younghayes Road, has revealed it will not be extending its contract which is due to expire on March 31, 2020.

It is not known what will happen to the centre after that time, but Devon’s Clinical Commissioning Group has assured it is working on potential solutions.

AHC, which operates five Plymouth GP surgeries, as well as Cranbrook Medical Centre and Exeter’s Clock Tower Surgery for the homeless and vulnerably housed, has stated the following reasons for not renewing the contract.

Currently only around 3,500 of the 6,500 residents at Cranbrook are registered

AHC cannot recruit the necessary GPs and nurses to provide the service required

The location of the surgery

A lack of government funding per patient to run an effective GP service” …

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/residents-await-outcome-cranbrook-gp-3563934

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