Patients are invited to form a doctors’ co-op

editorial image
2
Have your say

People power could snub the NHS and re-open Willen Village Surgery as the city’s very first ‘doctors’ cooperative’.

This week the owner of the building itself, city GP Ron Carter, has made a unique offer to the 5,000 Willen patients.

He is urging them to buy shares in the premises for as little as £10 each to enable it to be run as a privately-owned village practice.

Dr Carter, who admits he is struggling to fund the £108,000 a year loan repayments on the property, said: “My proposal is that Willen patients become the owners of their surgery to give them the right to have their own local practice.

“As I am still an MK GP, I can help provide and organise a local service .

“NHS England seem to have no plans to reopen this surgery. It has been a complete administrative disaster... so let Willen patients choose to own the building and choose their doctors.”

Dr Carter, 62, ran Willen surgery from 1991 until 2007. The surgery closed suddenly last month after sole remaining GP, Dr Lobo, quit.

NHS England has revealed no plans to open it again and has transferred patients to four neighbouring practices.