Protest fails to save Kimberley medical centre

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A Nottinghamshire medical centre is to close despite a campaign to save it, it has been confirmed.

The future of the Kimberley Medical Centre had been in doubt since its only GP retired in March.

About 400 people signed a petition saying vulnerable people would have to travel further for treatment if the facility was shut.

But NHS Nottinghamshire County said despite a extensive efforts, no one had come forward to take it over.

'Attractive location'

Campaigners have been backed by Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry.

She said: "The location is what made the place so attractive to people.

"They could walk to it, mums could push their pushchairs up there. People who didn't want to catch the bus or drive could literally go round the corner. So it was a very attractive location."

She added: "I have asked the (Primary Care Trust), when they meet in September, that they do some sort of appraisal of all the practices in the Kimberley area to make sure there is the capacity."

The trust said a procurement process had received 13 expressions of interest in taking over the practice, which has about 2,000 patients, but no formal bids were submitted.

Deborah Jaines, NHS Nottinghamshire County Director of Procurement and Market Management, said: "We recognise that this outcome may be a disappointment and inconvenience for patients, and we apologise for this."

Officials added the centre would be run directly by NHS Nottinghamshire County until the end of November.

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