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GP surgery closed for poor service


5 August 2011

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The surgery of a GP under investigation by the General Medical Council (GMC) is to be closed.

NHS Tayside took the decision to terminate its contract with the Ardler Surgery in Dundee because the one-doctor practice had not provided the required level of service.

The GP in question, Dr Dennis Miller, is no stranger to the GMC and has faced various hearings since 2005, with conditions placed on his registration as a doctor.

For example, Dr Miller cannot prescribe certain drugs and can only practise as a GP at Ardler Surgery. In 2009, he was formally warned by the GMC for failing to properly record a methadone prescription.

NHS Tayside said the "significant decision" to close the Ardler Surgery was made because it has not met all of the conditions imposed and has not provided the level of service required under the General Medical Services contract.

Ardler Surgery's 1,700 patients need not despair, however, for a temporary GP practice will be set up in Wallacetown Health Centre until they are able to register with another doctor.

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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