Dr David Crichton, Chair of NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “I can confirm that Dr Karen Wagstaff, the sole GP at Barnburgh Surgery, has formally notified us of her intention to end her contract with the NHS on 8 May 2018.
“Dr Wagstaff has provided an excellent family doctor service at Barnburgh over a number of years – and at Denaby during the last 12 months – as well as being a board member of the clinical commissioning group. We will be disappointed to see her leave, but wish her well for the future.
“The CCG is responsible for ensuring the 2,900 patients have on-going access to a GP, so we have now started exploring options for their future care. We have launched a search – via a widespread procurement exercise – to try and find a GP to take over the contract for the practice, and this process is expected to take around one month to complete.
“The situation is complicated by the fact that, in addition to holding the GP contract for Barnburgh Surgery, Dr Wagstaff owns the current premises that the practice operates from, which is likely to be a key factor of discussions with any potential bidders.
“We will update patients on developments as soon as we can. In the meantime we encourage them to please use the practice as normal.”