Doctor at suddenly closed Willen Village Surgery is suspended by GMC

Willen Surgery
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One of the doctors at the closed Willen Village Surgery is currently under suspension.

Dr Obiako ‘Eddy’ Okafor is being investigated by the General Medical Council.

A search on the ‘check a doctor’s registration status’ section of the GMC’s website reveals he is currently ‘suspended’.

When this newspaper questioned the GMC further, a spokesman said he was unable to say why Dr Okafor is suspended, but confirmed that he is subject to an ongoing investigation.

He added that no hearing date has been set yet.

Willen Village Surgery closed suddenly on Friday morning, with many patients getting no warning at all.

A letter from NHS England to residents later explained that the practice’s other doctor, Dr Agnelo Lobo, had resigned his contract ‘with effect from the 14th April 2013’.

It added: “As a single handed practice this will mean that the contract Dr Lobo holds with NHS England will terminate on this date.

“Unfortunately, due to time limitations and restrictions on the use of the building at Willen Village Surgery, NHS England has no option but to allocate and register patients with other practices in the surrounding area.”

It is currently unclear as to why the news of Dr Lobo’s departure was only revealed on the day the surgery closed.

The letter made no mention of Dr Okafor’s circumstances.

It is believed as many as 4,000 patients will be affected by the closure of the surgery.

Former patients will now be divided up between four different practices, depending on their surname.

The division will happen as below:

Surname A-C: Kingfisher Surgery, Elthorne Way, Newport Pagnell, MK16 0JR. Tel: 01908 618265

Surname D-O: Broughton Gate Health Centre, Glyn Valley Place, Broughton Gate, Milton Keynes, MK10 7EF. Tel: 01908 874444

Surname P-V: Oaxridge Park Medical Centre, 30, Textel Close, Oakridge Park, Milton Keynes, MK14 6GL. Tel: 0844 5769987 (low rate)

Surname W-Z: Purbeck Health Centre, Purbeck, Stantonbury, MK14 6BL. Tel: 01908 318989