Chesterfield medical group denies redundancy claims


A medical group denies claims that it told staff this week they were to lose their jobs within the next month.

The Derbyshire Times was contacted by an anonymous member of the public who stated that this week all non-clinical staff at the Holywell Medical Group, which has five surgeries in Chesterfield and Staveley, had been told they were losing their jobs within 30 days.

He commented: “We were summoned into a meeting and all non-clinical staff were told they were being placed on 30 days’ notice.

“I just don’t understand the mentality that has made them do this. They have told us that the clinical staff are safe but there is too much being spent on the non-clinical budget.

“The staff all feel like just they would just go if they had a job to go to.”

However Holywell Medical Group has refuted these claims.

In a statement, project manager Pat Colclough said: “Holywell Medical Group recently conducted a patient audit which highlighted patients’ wishes to have regular staff based at the individual surgeries – particularly on reception.

“We therefore discussed with staff this week (Wednesday Feb 18) that we are considering a re-structure of the administrative function. This will go out to consultation amongst the 30 staff across the five different practices who could potentially be affected.

“It is proposed that some changes will be made in job descriptions which will involve re-training to ensure staff are multi-skilled in various administration functions. This will improve the service to patients and maximise the skills of our staff.

“These proposals are still under consideration and it is too early to confirm whether there will be redundancies.”