Newham medical practices found ‘inadequate’

Sinha medical teaching practice

Sinha medical teaching practice - Credit: Archant

Health inspectors have rated two of the borough’s care providers “inadequate” following recent visits.

Reports published last week in the wake of Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections in May and June this year rated Sinha Medical Teaching Practice and Dr Abul Kashem Mohammed Zakaria from the Upper Road Medical Centre as inadequate.

The report said the Sinha practice, in Lucas Avenue, Upton Park, was “failing to provide care which was safe, effective, caring, well-led and responsive to people’s needs”.

As a result, the provider has been “deregistered” and a “caretaking team” put in place “pending the appointment of a new provider”, it said.

Ursula Gallagher, deputy chief inspector of general practice in London, said: “Where we have very serious and urgent concerns we can take swift action to protect local service users which can result in the de-registration of an existing provider and closure.

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“All providers have a responsibility to ensure that their patients are safe and have access to care that meets their needs, and when we find that this is not the case, as inspectors did during their visit to the Sinha Medical Teaching Practice, we will often have to take enforcement action.”

Health company McLaren Perry has been assigned to run the practice – renamed the Sinha Medical Practice – by NHS England before it goes back to procurement.

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Newly appointed business manager, David Pink, said: “It’s an unusual situation – the whole team was removed from the practice because they lost the contract.

“We are employing our own GPs and admin team, and bringing in two permanent GPs in September and November. The whole process is likely to take a year and the former management will have the right of appeal.”

In a separate matter, the CQC has placed Dr Zakaria’s practice in Plaistow into “special measures” following inspection. The report states he must now make “necessary improvements or face action that could result in closure”.

Inspectors noted a poor approach to risk management, no access to a female GP, incomplete patient medical records and staff lacking basic life support training in order to respond to medical emergencies.

Speaking to the Recorder, Dr Zakaria, who has run the surgery for 30 years, said he was “confident” he could sort out the issues raised.

“I’ve already dealt with 90 per cent of their concerns, and I’m keeping them up to date,” he said. “I’m doing everything they ask me to do,” he said.

The former management of the Sinha Medical Teaching Practice could not be contacted for comment.

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