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Published: Wednesday, 15 August 2018

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Conclusion of selection process for General Medical Services contract at Greenhills Medical Practice

NHS Lanarkshire has concluded a selection process which will ensure the continuity of primary medical services to patients of Greenhills Medical Practice.

In line with the process previously approved by the NHS Lanarkshire Audit Committee, a selection panel was convened on Friday 3rd August 2018 to consider the proposals from two applicants for the General Medical Services (GMS) contract.

This followed the decision of the existing GPs at Greenhills Health Centre to end their GMS Contract with NHS Lanarkshire.

Following consideration of the two proposals and the oral presentations, the selection panel unanimously agreed that the proposal from Drs Rehman & Lal (Lanarkshire Medical Group) was the preferred bid. The decision has now been ratified by the Chief Executive of NHS Lanarkshire.

Dr Linda Findlay, Medical Director of South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership explained: “The completion of this vital stage marks the attainment of NHS Lanarkshire’s primary objective, which has been for Greenhills Medical Practice to continue with new GPs taking responsibility for staff and providing primary medical services to patients in the locality.

“The focus of NHS Lanarkshire is now on supporting the transition between the outgoing partners and Drs Rehman & Lal. A number of areas of work and discussions relating to the transition are now ongoing. This includes establishing a handover date, which is scheduled to be 1st November 2018, unless and alternative date is agreed.

“We will communicate to staff, stakeholders and write to all patients of the practice when this stage of the process is complete and we are in a position to clearly and comprehensively advise on the next steps.

“We will also be assuring patients that the new GPs are very keen to ensure they continue to provide high quality clinical services, and to develop new services in the future.”

Applications for the GMS contract were carefully considered by the selection panel, which included three patient representatives from the practice, a further patient representative from the East Kilbride Health and Social Care Forum, an independent general practitioner and three representatives from NHS Lanarkshire.

The criteria stipulated that the contract would be awarded on the basis of the most advantageous proposal judged on quality, delivery performance, risk and overall effectiveness.

Following consideration of the two proposals and the oral presentations, the selection panel unanimously agreed that the proposal from Drs Rehman & Lal was the preferred bid.

Dr Findlay added: “NHS Lanarkshire is also grateful to all who have supported this process, particularly the patient representatives on the selection panel.”

“We would like to offer a sincere note of thanks to the existing GPs for the health care they have provided to the local community and the staff of Greenhills for their forbearance and ongoing commitment during this time.”