Mayfield GP surgery loses independence

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The tender to run Mayfield’s Woodhill Surgery has now been awarded to the Ashdown Forest Medical Centre based at Forest Row.

The centre was formerly operated by two stand-alone GPs, Dr Robin Warshafky and Dr Amanda Coates. The pair dissolved their partnership with effect from June 30 citing ‘irreconcilable differences.’

Andrew Watson of the Woodhill Patients Group said many people were distressed that neither Dr Coates nor Dr Warshafsky was successful in their bid to run the surgery and understands many people are critical of the way the NHS conducted the whole process. The Group plans to register a complaint about the method used and the outcome.

Peter Deller says questions should be raised about the way the NHS handled the bidding process citing ‘the highly protective and confidentiality obsessed NHS administration.’ The process, he said, took no notice of a stated preference by some patients for an independent surgery and the outcome was ‘desperately close-run.’

In a moving note published in the village’s monthly newsletter, Dr Warshafsky states: “The past six years have given me the highest highs of my career and the lowest lows; the price paid for the former I guess. However I do know that with the passage of time, the disappointment and bitterness will melt into the past and what will remain are the bright, shiny memories of all of you that it has been my privilege to care for, and in the case of many, to get to know more than superficially. I will treasure the memories of the rich relationships I had with many of you.”