Coventry & Warwickshire

Foleshill Medical Centre closure fought by patients

Patients are fighting plans to close a doctors' surgery in Coventry after the lead GP running it was suspended.

Dr Syed Alijah was suspended by the General Medical Council (GMC) over queries about his medical practice and management of Foleshill Medical Centre.

But patients said his partner Dr Syed Haider worked "diligently" and should now be allowed to manage the surgery.

However, local care trust bosses said they could not legally hand him the contract and have decided to close it.

Coventry and Warwickshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) said that instead it was "encouraging patients to register with other practices in the area".

PCT 'brutal'

The medical centre is due to close on 16 June.

Kiri Gray, head of communications at the PCT, said that before anyone could take on the Foleshill contract it would have to be put out to tender, which health chiefs were not planning to do.

"We feel there is sufficient capacity [at other practices] to take on the patients," she said.

However, the Save Our Surgery patients' group has accused the PCT of "exercising their rights brutally against people's wishes and demands".

Dr Alijah was given an interim suspension order in November by the GMC while it investigated complaints about his conduct.

He remains registered as a doctor with the GMC until further notice.

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