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Sheffield GP surgery saved after months of campaigning


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Campaigners fighting to keep a local doctor’s surgery open are “delighted” to have won.

Locals have been opposing plans to shut the surgery for months, ever since it was announced that there was a possible plan to merge the surgery with nearby Dovercourt Group Practice.

But residents in Norfolk Park, Sheffield, argued that the surgery was a “lifeline” for many patients, some of whom would not be able to access the surgery at Dovercourt.

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However, after a 900-strong petition was handed in to the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) last month, representatives confirmed today that they would “remove the closure option entirely”.

Representatives had been scrutinised by Sheffield Council ‘s healthier communities and adult social care scrutiny committe and the committee heard that the preferred option was to keep Norfolk Park Surgery open as part of a satellite site of Dovercourt Practice.

Abigail Tebbs, deputy director of delivery at the CCG made the announcement to councillors today.

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Cllr Ben Miskell for Park and Arbourthorne Ward, who spoke at the earlier committee meeting said: “This is a resounding victory for residents who have been determined to keep the surgery open since they heard of closure plans. It shows that by working together we can defend our local services.”

Kim McMaster from Norfolk Park TARA said: “We are delighted that the GP surgery is going to be staying open. People just couldn’t understand why anyone would contemplate closing down an 8-year-old state of the art doctors surgery, in a community like ours that experiences such acute health inequalities.”

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