25th Jul, 2017

MP urges no more delays for Brownsover surgery

Andy Morris 14th Jul, 2017

A ‘DISAPPOINTED’ Mark Pawsey MP has urged ministers to ensure Brownsover gets its long-awaited new surgery next summer as promised.

In the House of Commons, the Rugby and Bulkington MP pressed new junior Health Minister Steve Brine MP to ensure the oft-delayed surgery stays on schedule and opens in July 2018.

The Minister promised to raise the matter with NHS England, who he assured would deliver the new surgery on time.

Speaking after the session, Mr Pawsey said he hoped Mr Brine would support Brownsover residents should any further delays arise.

He said: “Local residents of Brownsover will rightly be concerned by the length of time it has taken to secure a new surgery following the closure of the previous facility.

“While I welcome that NHS England are on track with the present plan, I am disappointed at how long it has taken to get to this stage.

“There is a clear need to get this surgery delivered on time to ensure that all residents get the health care they deserve. I will continue to work with the Brownsover Patient Action Group to represent our community and to hold NHS England to account for delivery of the new surgery.”

Around 10,000 Brownsover residents will have been without a local surgery for three years when the new centre opens next summer.

Their local practice closed in April 2015 due to disagreements between the NHS and the medical staff operating it.

The new surgery was finally approved in June – two years behind the original schedule.