Further pressure to suspend Surgicentre licence

The Surgicentre at Lister hospital

The Surgicentre at Lister hospital - Credit: Josh Massey

TIME is up – that is the message to the private owner of the Lister Surgicentre in Stevenage after an inspection found patients’ health and welfare is at risk.

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland has met with Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt to push for the Surgicentre owner – Clinicenta Ltd, part of Carillion – to have its licence suspended.

In February, health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said it would take enforcement action against Clinicenta after an inspection found the Surgicentre, based at Lister Hospital, does not have an effective health, safety and welfare system in place, which is having a major impact on patients.

But, three months later, no enforcement action has been announced.

Mr McPartland is pressing for action.


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“The NHS staff who work in the facility on a daily basis are doing the very best they can under intolerable pressure, as the facility is just not being managed properly by the owners,” he said.

“Like many local people, I was shocked the previous government entered into this contract with a building company and placed a whole range of very sensitive surgical procedures into the hands of builders who had no experience of managing such complex treatments.

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“When I met the Secretary of State for Health, I told him this has to stop.”

Mr McPartland is pushing for Clinicenta to have its licence suspended and the facility handed over to the East and North Herts NHS Trust, which runs Lister Hospital.

“I made it clear that Clinicenta’s time is up,” said Mr McPartland. “They have failed local people and lost the confidence of medical professionals.

“It is now only a matter of time and I have every confidence our hospital trust will do a fantastic job of managing this facility.”

The trust was unable to comment.

A spokesman for the CQC said: “The CQC is taking action with regard to Clinicenta’s Lister Surgicentre, however our legal processes do not allow us to go into further detail at this time.

“During this time we continue to work closely with our partner agencies with regard to the safety and welfare of people using the service.”

A Clinicenta spokesman said: “Mr McPartland has been making statements about the service returning to the NHS for some considerable time.

“We can assure the local community that all of our staff at Clinicenta remain committed to delivering the very highest levels of care for patients.”

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