Concern prompts Downham Market GP practice review

An independent review will be conducted into a GP practice after claims of delays in treating a woman who died.

Katherine Wilkinson was a patient at the Downham Market Health Centre in Norfolk when she died.

NHS Norfolk has asked the strategic health authority to commission the inquiry into how the health centre was run before April 2011.

It had been run by temporary staff in 2010 and early 2011 but is now under new management.

'Review is necessary'

The chief executive of NHS Norfolk Andrew Morgan said: "We have agreed that NHS East of England (the regional strategic health authority) will be commissioning the independent review of services provided at Downham Market Health Centre prior to April 2011.

"This means the review will be independent of NHS Norfolk.

"A review is necessary to establish whether there are lessons to be learned, following concerns which arose during 2010 and early 2011."

Membership and terms of reference of the review will be decided by the independent, external body appointed to conduct it, NHS Norfolk said.

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