A POPULAR GP practice in East Finchley has been suspended from treating its patients following an inspection by the government’s Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Cherry Tree Medical Centre, on Southern Road, led by Dr Sergio de Cesare, had its practice licence suspended for six months following an inspection last month.
The CQC says it will not make public its reasons for the supension until its report is published later this month or early March.
Meanwhile "a caretaker practice" is running the surgery - yet patients have expressed their shock at the suspension, including East Finchley ward councillor Arjun Mittra who is himself a patient there.
Councillor Mittra said he had been contacted by a number of concerned residents wondering whether they were going to lose their GP surgery.
He said: “It’s a real shock. The surgery is frequently very busy. It’s very old and popular, but we’ve not received any letters telling us what’s going on.
“Particularly with the pressure on accident and emergency people need to be reassured that their local GP provison is okay.”
NHS England said patients had been informed about the suspension and that it had been working closely with NHS Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the Barnet GP Federation to support caretaking arrangements at the surgery during the next six months.
An NHS England spokeswoman said: “Existing services will not be affected and patients can continue to access the practice as normal. The contract holder has up to 6 months to respond to the CQC and we will keep patients informed during this time.”