Holbeach

‘Inadequate’ Holbeach GP could be shut down in months

Inspectors have threatened to close down the Holbeach Medical Centre after it was rated as “inadequate” for the second time this year.

The practice on Park Road has around 8,179 patients on its books, who have been told that they are not getting a safe level of service.

Inspectors broke down the rating into five sections. The Holbeach centre was rated as “inadequate” for being safe, responsive and in leadership.

They also said the practice needs to “improve” on care and effectiveness after they visited the premises in an announced visit on April 18.

It is the second time in the year that Holbeach has been rated as “inadequate” after a previous inspection in January.

Doctor Rosie Benneyworth wrote in her report that she was going to place Holbeach Medical Centre in special measures.

She said: “If insufficient improvements have been made such that there remains a rating of inadequate for any population group, we will take action in line with our enforcement procedures to begin the process of preventing the provider from operating the service.

“This will lead to cancelling their registration or to varying the terms of their registration within six months if they do not improve.

“Where necessary, another inspection will be conducted within a further six months, and if there is not enough improvement we will move to close the service by adopting our proposal to remove this location or cancel the provider’s registration.”