Surgery fight launched

PUBLISHED: 12:13 13 April 2006 | UPDATED: 10:01 06 May 2010

A campaign was launched this week to try and prevent a doctor s surgery closing in Sandy. The surgery in St Neot s Road, is under threat following the sudden death of Dr Kris Reddy in February. He was 55. Dr Reddy, who worked on his own, had been practisi

A campaign was launched this week to try and prevent a doctor's surgery closing in Sandy.

The surgery in St Neot's Road, is under threat following the sudden death of Dr Kris Reddy in February. He was 55.

Dr Reddy, who worked on his own, had been practising in Sandy since 1992 with 2,800 patients on his books.

In recent months the surgery has continued with locum doctors but now the Heartlands Primary Care Trust is considering moving patients to the other two surgeries in Sandy.

"There are fears we might close," said Gerald Wells, the practice manager at the late Dr Reddy's surgery.

"Heartlands PCT have approached the two other practices in the town and asked them whether they can take on the 2,800 patients here.

"The big question is why are they going down this road? We still have some locum GPs showing interest in running the surgery here and keeping it open. Our patients don't want us to close.

"A petition is being drawn up and hopefully with their support we can lodge a business plan with the PCT to stay open."

Helping lead the campaign is local resident Ken Lynch, chairman of the Biggleswade and Sandy Pensioners' Association.

"We'll fight fiercely to keep the surgery open. The community needs it," said Mr Lynch.

A spokesman for Heartlands PCT said: "We have to find Dr Reddy's patients a GP and can't leave them as they are. Being served by locums in the short term is fine but not in the long term.

"We are looking at many different options but no decisions have been made about Dr Reddy's patients at the moment."

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