Barclays has closed the account of a GP practice leaving doctors fearing their patients lives could be put “at risk”.
Orchard Surgery in Royston, Hertfordshire, has been shut out of its accounts for more than two weeks, cutting it off from vital NHS funding and rendering it unable to buy patients’ medicine or pay staff over Christmas.
The surgery, which has banked with Barclays for more than 20 years, had its accounts closed after failing to respond to requests to renew out-of-date signatures on its banking mandate, which raised a security flag.
The GP surgery has several people on £150 to £250k annual incomes (including pensions rights at least) and they can’t organise bank signatures?
Quite glorious professionalism, no?