Patients at two of Haverhill’s GP practices, Stourview Medical Centre and Dr Selby & Partners, are being encouraged to give their views on a merger plan.
The views of patients at both practices is set to be gathered from next week.
This follows calls from Stourview patient Mary Dunning, who was reported in the Echo on June 26 demanding more information.
The merger plan follows discussions between staff at both practices and NHS England, the commissioner of GP services, which has given approval in principle.
Now the GPs involved have spoken for the first time about the plan since the Echo broke the story in early June.
Dr Bamidele Sule, GP at Stourview Medical Centre said: “By merging with Dr Selby & Partners I will be able to continue to practice in Haverhill. To replace my previous GP partner will take up to one year, due to national on-going GP recruitment issues within the NHS, and it is not sustainable for me to continue as one GP with a list of 4000 patients.
“By merging we can create improved and more efficient healthcare services for people in Haverhill.”
Dr Neville Selby, a partner at Dr Selby and Partners said: “A merger of our two GP practices will deliver positive change to patients. I can understand that some Stourview Medical Centre patients may have concerns about the move, however, I can assure them the merger will be good for healthcare provision in the town.
“By giving their views on the move, we can address any issues patients may have so that the transition is straightforward and hassle free.”
Patients at both practices are being encouraged to speak with their practice manager to discuss any concerns they have.
The merger would see the creation of one practice, with a new name, by autumn 2014.
The programme of engagement will run from 14 July – 31 August. Patients will be able to complete a questionnaire which can be collected from the GP practices or completed online at www.christmasmaltings.co.uk or www.stourviewmedical.com
The results of this survey will be independently assessed and will play an integral part of the merger process.