Get US corporation out of Newham GP surgeries

Centene, a US corporation, recently took over three GP surgeries in North East London - the Carpenters Practice sites.

Under Centene, those surgeries have just been declared UNSAFE by NHS inspectors. 

Centene's handling of those surgeries puts profits before patients and the local community. 

We call on North East London health authorities to protect local patients and end Centene's contract for the Carpenters Practice sites now.

Sign the petition and demand an end to Centene's Carpenters Practice contract now.

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Target: 2000

Last signature: Sue South East London, 1 month 4 days ago

More details:

Centene Corporation, an American health insurance giant, took over AT Medics, a primary care provider responsible for 49 GP surgeries and over 370,000 patients in the Greater London area, including three Carpenters Practice sites in Newham.

The following are the addresses of the three Newham surgeries:

  • Carpenters Practice at 236-252 High Street, Stratford, London E15 2JA
  • Church Road at the Centre Manor Park, 30 Church Road, London E12 6AQ
  • St Luke’s at 2 St Luke’s Square, Canning Town, London E16 1HY

Before these new acquisitions Operose Health, Centene’s UK subsidiary, was already running GP practices in Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Luton, Birmingham, etc. totalling 21 surgeries and practices. 

With a total of 70 GP surgeries and practices, Centene is almost certainly the largest single provider of NHS primary care in England. Check whether your GP surgery is now owned by Centene.

Centene is a private company, described by the Daily Mail as profit greedy, and is known for closing GP surgeries that they don't consider profitable. They've closed surgeries in Essex, Leicester and Camden.

Despite being rated "good" as recently as 2018 when they were run by local GPs, the three Newham surgeries have been rated "inadequate" by government inspectors in June this year.

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