Campaigners say that they are “delighted” today after representatives from Sheffield’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said that they would “remove the closure option entirely” when scrutinised as part of a grilling by Sheffield Council’s healthier communities and adult social care scrutiny committee.
Abigail Tebbs, deputy director of delivery at NHS Clinical Commissioning Group made the announcement to councillors, after a petition of almost 900 signatures was handed in last month, objecting to the planned closure. Instead, the committee heard that the preferred option is now to keep Norfolk Park Surgery open as part of a satellite site of Dovercourt Practice.
Cllr Ben Miskell, who spoke at the meeting said: “This is a resounding victory for residents who have been determined to keep the surgery open since they heard of closure plans. It shows that by working together we can defend our local services”.
Kim McMaster from Norfolk Park TARA said: “We are delighted that the GP surgery is going to be staying open. People just couldn’t understand why anyone would contemplate closing down an 8-year-old state of the art doctors surgery, in a community like ours that experiences such acute health inequalities”.