The Lib Dem Minister for Health Norman Lamb visited MK yesterday to investigate whether health services are adequate for the city’s growing population.
The Lib Dems requested the visit to discuss a shortage of GPs across Milton Keynes particularly since the sudden closure of Willen Surgery nearly 12 months.
Patients were shocked when the surgery closed it doors on April 12 2013 with no prior warning.
It is believed around 4,000 patients were re-assigned to four different surgeries including Newport Pagnell, Oakridge Park and Broughton based on surname, not where patients lived, splitting some families between different doctors’ surgeries. There have also been complaints that residents can’t get registered with a local GP and have to travel a long way to get to a GP practice, some taking two buses and a journey of over an hour.
The Lib Dems who met Norman Lamb, were led by Lib Dem Group Leader, Councillor Douglas McCall. He said: “The Minister was very interested to hear about Lib Dem councillors’ concerns and actively listened to suggest solutions and agreed to follow those up with NHS England.”
The Minister also visited Lovat Fields Retirement Village where he spoke to residents.