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Watton Medical Practice accused of ‘betrayal of trust’

PUBLISHED: 10:27 27 June 2014 | UPDATED: 15:39 30 June 2014

Watton Medical Practice.

Watton Medical Practice.

Councillors have accused a surgery of a “betrayal of trust” after they decided to deregister 1500 patients.

Breckland council has stepped into the row surrounding Watton Medical Practice, which has also temporarily closed its patient list, as part of an into the provision of local health services.

“The unilateral announcement by Watton Medical Practice that it is de-registering 1500 patients, some of who have been with the surgery all of their lives and many of whom are elderly and vulnerable, is seen as a betrayal of the trust that patients place in their local medical services provided through the NHS,” said Phil Cowen, chairman of Breckland’s overview and scrutiny commission.

The inquiry will be led by the council chairman Robert Kybird, and will call on NHS chiefs to report on how the de-registering came about, what will be done for the 1500 affected residents and how this type of situation can be avoided in future.

The group is expected to report back before the end of July.

The practice, which has tried and failed to recruit extra doctors, has said the review of its list was “the only option” to ensure quality and safety of care.

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