Coventry & Warwickshire

Foleshill Medical Centre to close after appeal rejected

A doctors' surgery in Coventry is to close after an appeal by a patients' group to keep it open was dismissed.

Coventry Primary Care Trust (PCT) wanted to cease activity at Foleshill Medical Centre after lead GP, Dr Syed Alijah, was suspended in May.

The Save Our Surgery (SOS) panel was keen for his partner, Dr Syed Haider, to manage the surgery.

But the NHS Litigation Authority ruled in favour of the PCT's decision not to award Dr Haider the contract.

Dr Alijah was suspended by the General Medical Council over queries about his medical practice and management of the medical centre.

'Unsettling Situation'

An NHS statement read: "NHS Coventry has received notification of the Litigation Authority's decision that [the] PCT served a valid notice to terminate the agreement for services between the PCT and the practice located at 100 Station Street West, Foleshill, Coventry."

It continued: "The PCT will be contacting the practice for discussions.

"Following this meeting we will be able to provide detailed information to patients registered with this practice.

"We recognise that this process can be an unsettling situation for some patients at this practice.

"We would like to reassure them that we are fully committed in making sure that those patients who are registered with the practice are able to access the appropriate services and best quality care available."

Baldeev Gill, part of the SOS group, believes the PCT should have awarded Dr Haider the contract.

He said: "This surgery's been established here for 25 years.

"It's a surgery where they've got an ideal nurse and a maternity nurse. The staff are great, the GP is great. What more can people ask for?

"We didn't want to go down the legal route. We've said to the PCT all the way through that we want to work with them."

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