Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea medical centre staff “likely” to be made redundant


The Marisco Medical Practice, which has sites in Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea, is asking a small number of its staff to take voluntarily redundancy.

The Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit has confirmed that staff at the Marisco Medical Practice have been asked to consider taking voluntary redundancy or to consider reducing their hours.

It is likely that by the end of September, a small number of staff will have been made redundant.

Practice Manager, Janet Goult said: “We are deeply disappointed that we are having to follow this course, but it is necessary in order to ensure that Marisco Medical Practice continues to provide the same wide range of services to local people in the future.

“Our practice staff provide a fantastic service, which we are all extremely proud of and we ask for patience through what will be a difficult time.”

Following the news, Mayor Coun Tony Howard said: “Cuts inflicted by the current government and their austerity policy have wreaked havoc with public services across the board, and despite David Cameron’s personal promise that the NHS was safe in his hands here we have cuts being made to local health services.

“I’m sure nationally this will be passed off as “efficiencies” or “trimming the fat” but anyone who lives in our town know all too well just how stretched services at our first class Marisco Practice can be already without these unwanted cut backs.

“I know that everyone who works in the practice will continue to strive to give our town the best medical facilities that they can but they are having their hands tied unnecessarily.”

County Councillor for Sutton on Sea, Stephen Palmer said: “This situation is one we are finding to be a problem nationally. It is affecting the whole country but it is hitting Lincolnshire and specifically the coastal areas even worse.

“Extra money is having to be spent at the Marisco on locum doctors which puts a huge strain on the pay structure, locums cost a fortune.

“We see an extra drain on facilities due to holidaymakers and unregistered patients. Lincolnshire is struggling to find doctors that stay in the area on a permanent basis.”

County Councillor for Mablethorpe, Anne Reynolds added: “This is an incredibly complex issue. It is one that is not confined to this local area.

“It is a problem being experienced by GPs surgeries across the entire country.”