Frustration as Long Stratton dentist takeover bid stalls

A former dentist who has offered to take over his old practice again has spoken of his frustration at a lack of movement on his proposal.

Manor House dentist in Long Stratton closed down in August after going under owing £400,000 to the NHS.

Its previous owner, Mark Ter-Berg, has approached NHS England offering to take it over and bring it back into use.

However, he is still waiting for a direct response to his offer – and questioned the delay at a meeting of Norfolk County Council’s health overview and scrutiny meeting.

He said: “You would have thought they (NHSE) would have bitten my hand off – what is going on?”

David Barter, head of commissioning at NHS England, however, said that when a practice closes it can only be taken over following “a full procurement of a service”.

Alison Thomas, who chairs the committee, questioned why Dr Ter-Berg’s bid could not be “fast-tracked” due to his previous association with the practice.


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