A SURGERY at the centre of a GP malpractice scandal is to close.
Patients of the disgraced Dr Dev Dutt are being told to go elsewhere as plans to close the practice at the end of September were unveiled today.
The GP – who ran a surgery from Fartown Health Centre on Spaines Road – was struck off in November 2007 after a catalogue of incidents involving 11 patients between 1985 and 2005.
The General Medical Council – which registers GPs – found him guilty of malpractice on charges including putting patients at unnecessary risk with inappropriate treatments, failing to properly monitor patients’ conditions and breaching patient confidentiality.
He is understood to be appealing against the decision to “erase” him from the medical register, but remains suspended.
NHS Kirklees – which has been running the practice for the last four years – has now announced the surgery will close on September 30.
Letters to all 1,745 of Dr Dutt’s remaining patients will be sent out in August to inform people about the changes.
An NHS Kirklees spokesman said: “For the last four years, the primary care trust has been looking after the practice and has employed nursing and support staff as well as locum GPs so that the service could be maintained.
“We will be writing to patients during the summer to let them know which other local GP practices are available and will make sure that they can register with a local practice.
“In some cases the practice offered will be closer to the patient’s address.”
The neighbouring Grange Group Practice, Drs Butt and Ahmad on Bradford Road, Dr Handa on Fartown Green Road and Dr Das and partners on Woodhouse Hill, Fartown, are among those being suggested.
All the practices have open lists to make it easy for Dr Dutt patients living in the area to register.
The son of an 89-year-old Dr Dutt patient expressed his outrage against the decision to close the practice.
The man – who did not wish to be named – said: “The PCT don’t care a jot about the patients and they certainly don’t care about the staff.
“Who in this PCT cares for the distress and inconvenience to the elderly and vulnerable who are presently cared for by a team of people who have turned that surgery around?
“Their only concern is about closing yet another single doctor’s practice that serves our community.”
Those with questions about the closure are being asked to contact the NHS Kirklees Patient Advice and Liaison Service on 01484 466172 or 01484 466214.