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Council sets up inquiry into closure of London surgery with 4700 patients

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3238 (Published 04 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3238
  1. Tom Foot
  1. 1London

An inquiry into the sudden closure of a general practice in north London earlier this year that left thousands of patients temporarily without a GP is opening at Camden Town Hall, north London, on 10 May.

The Camden Road Practice, in Camden Town, had 4700 patients when its closure was announced in February. About 2700 have since registered with other practices, but the remaining 2000 are being allocated by the local health authority, NHS North Central London, to other practices, in some cases a considerable distance from their home.

The inquiry is to be chaired by the Camden Labour councillor Angela Mason, and a report will be filed to Camden borough council’s health scrutiny committee in June.

The Camden Road Practice was run as a GP partnership until 2008, when the Camden Primary Care Trust decided …

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