A BASINGSTOKE GP surgery responsible for the care of 14,000 residents is set to be taken over next year.

Bermuda and Marlowe Partnership, which runs Shakespeare House Medical Centre in Popley, will not have its contract renewed by North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group when it expires in March, The Gazette has uncovered.

Instead, Bramblys Grange Medical Centre, which has surgeries in the town centre and Rooksdown, are in “advanced talks” to take it over.

One councillor said that services at the practice had “deteriorated” over the years and that it was “disappointing” that a takeover was necessary.

It comes as a shortage of GPs was revealed at another partnership in Basingstoke.

You can read the full exclusive story in this week’s edition of The Gazette. Also in this week's paper:

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  • The Basingstoke Gazette is up for a prestigious accolade at the British Journalism Awards 2020 for coverage of the Camrose football ground.
  • A controversial merger between a US healthcare firm and a Basingstoke GP partnership is because of staffing issues that could have led to “financial ruin”, documents reveal.
  • More than 250 complaints have been made to the borough council this year, with bin collections topping the list for the most frequent grievance by members of the public. 
  • A North Hampshire MP was paid the equivalent of £40,000 for eight days work at a private health care firm, it has been revealed. 
  • The leader of Basingstoke’s Labour party has called on the town’s MP to resign following last month's Free School Meals scandal.
  • A man who repeatedly hit a co-worker with a crowbar and then attacked a mental health employee has been handed a suspended sentence. 
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