NHS Highland says the health board will take over management of the medical practice of Alness and Invergordon from the start of April next year.
He says he will work closely with the practice over the coming months to ensure an effective handover.
It follows a reported recruitment crisis earlier this year at Easter Ross’ cabinet which is struggling to fill vacancies – and sparked concern from MSP Rhoda Grant at the ‘desperate situation’ facing de many general practitioner practices.
NHS Highland said in a statement: “A detailed action plan is being agreed between the Cabinet and NHS Highland to ensure services continue during this transition period.”
Jill Mitchell, NHS Highland Primary Care Manager for North Highland, said: “Following the resignation of three GP partners earlier this year, the practice has unfortunately been unable to stabilize staff. The partners have taken the difficult decision to formally notify NHS Highland of their intention to return their contract effective March 31, 2022.
“From April 1, 2022, NHS Highland will assume responsibility for practice management and patient care. The provision of services will remain unchanged during this transition period. »
Rhoda Grant, Labor MSP for the Highlands and Islands, said: “We need to know how this staffing shortage affects patient care and vaccine rollout at Alness and Invergordon in light of these resignations.
“This is a desperate situation and highlights the worrying issues surrounding GP practices in many parts of our region.
“While it is good to know that NHS Highland is working on a detailed plan with this practice in the meantime, patients still need the best care and this must be protected.
“The Scottish Government needs to get the situation under control with GPs under increasing pressure due to the pandemic and the backlog of non-Covid illnesses.”
Back in September, Patience called for patience as she revealed she was set to lose three partners over the next six months.
He said he was actively looking for new partners to join.
NHS Highland said at the time: “There is a national shortage of trained GPs which is putting a strain on many GP practices across the country. The recruitment of GPs is seen as one of the biggest pressures in primary care services and labor shortages have increased since the pandemic.”
Easter Ross medical practice faces recruitment headache