MP writes to head of NHS for Willen Surgery clarity

Willen Surgery closed in April
Willen Surgery closed in April

Mark Lancaster MP is concerned for the future of Willen Surgery after it was unexpectedly closed.

The popular practice closed it’s doors without notice in April, with patients distributed to other surgeries in Milton Keynes based on alphabetical order.

Mr Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes North, has raised his concerns for the future of the surgery to Sir David Nicholson, head of NHS England, asking why a perfectly good surgery is closed in the ever-growing city.

In a letter, Mr Lancaster wrote: “The closure if the surgery over a weekend was a great shock to my constituents and has been well documented in the local press.

“Whilst I commend NHS England in the speedy way that your organisation managed to reallocate patients to four different GP practices over the weekend to ensure a continuity of service, it is clear that we never should have been faced with such a situation in the first place.

“My principle concern however lies with the future of the surgery. I understand that having reallocated patients - albeit alphabetically with no regard for location - NHS England have no plans to reopen the surgery.

“This has caused great concern amongst my constituents some of whom are elderly and are now having to travel some distance to see a GP.

“It seems nonsensical that we have a purpose built surgery in a growing city with strong local demand that remains empty.”

Milton Keynes councillors will discuss the closure of the surgery at this Wednesday’s full council meeting.

Councillors Ric Brackenbury and Catriona Morris will both raise motions at the meeting in the Civic Offices from 7.30pm.