Hemlington Medical Centre to Close after long fight

Hemlington Medical Centre has been forced to close after the Local NHS CCG could not find anyone to run it.

After looking at a number of options including a new provider for a like for like service, an extension to the existing contract and the option for an existing surgery to extend in to the area, South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group will end GP services at Hemlington Medical Centre on 30th September.

Local Member of Parliament for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Tom Blenkinsop said:

This is a sad end to a long fight to keep GP services in Hemlington. After securing an extension to the existing contract this is a hard blow to the thousands of Hemlington residents who use the centre.

Since 2010 the Conservative led governments have closed every new medical centre, in my constituency, that the previous Labour government opened. This is a massive step backwards for the NHS in our area.

This is just another victim of the GP recruitment crisis which this government has done nothing about. Time after time reports have said that the North East is the hardest place to recruit and maintain GP’s but nothing has been done to solve this crisis which will leave thousands of my constituents looking for a new GP.

I will be raising this issue in Parliament when it returns.

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