It's well known that the contract for GP/medical services at Lyme Regis Medical Centre, and for most of the community health services provided for patients at all three local Practices, is held by Virgin Care, and is due to expire at the end of January 2019.
An outline of new arrangements to succeed that contract was given by Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group during a meeting last June in the Woodroffe School. Since then, the CCG has been working on the detail, well supplied with information about local needs through its own research and substantial contributions from LymeForward's Health & Wellbeing Group.
The CCG itself had anticipated being able to publicise its strategic decisions at a meeting in Lyme on 4th June, but had to postpone that event. The most recent statement from the CCG (20th June) says that 'Unfortunately, Dorset CCG are required to postpone plans for the Lyme Regis Community and Primary Care Contract Communications Event until discussions with the providers of the services in Lyme have been finalised. We anticipate the event will now take place during late summer / autumn'.
Chris Boothroyd, Chairman of the Health & Wellbeing Group, says "This delay is hugely frustrating for everyone involved – residents, all the clinical staff, and probably the CCG itself, whose officials have listened to what local people have been telling them. I remain positive that the eventual outcome will be a step in a good direction for us. The CCG is in no doubt about our hope for the speediest possible resolution."