THE contract for GP and medical services at Lyme Regis Medical Centre, and for most of the community health services provided for patients at all three local practices, currently held by Virgin Care, is due to expire at the end of January 2019.
An outline of new arrangements to succeed the contract was given by Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) during a meeting last June at the Woodroffe School. Since then, the CCG has been working on the detail, well supplied with information about local needs through its own research and substantial contributions from LymeForward’s Health & Wellbeing Group.
The CCG itself had anticipated being able to publicise its strategic decisions at a meeting in Lyme Regis on June 4, but had to postpone the event.
An update from the CCG said: “Unfortunately, Dorset CCG are required to postpone plans for the Lyme Regis Community and Primary Care Contract Communications Event until discussions with the providers of the services in Lyme have been finalised. We anticipate the event will now take place during late summer/autumn.”
Speaking to LymeOnline, Chris Boothroyd, chairman of LymeForward’s Health & Wellbeing Group, said: “This delay is hugely frustrating for everyone involved – residents, all the clinical staff, and probably the CCG itself, whose officials have listened to what local people have been telling them.
“I remain positive that the eventual outcome will be a step in a good direction for us. The CCG is in no doubt about our hope for the speediest possible resolution.”