Government told of closed surgery

Willen Village Surgery
Willen Village Surgery

The plight of Willen surgery patients has been reported to the Government by city MP Mark Lancaster.

He has urged the Secretary of State for Health to investigate the “mystery” behind the surgery’s abrupt closure last month.

Mr Lancaster also handed over a 377 signature petition from patients calling for the reopening of the surgery.

He told the Citizen: “Health issues tend to be the most emotive of subjects and understandably people are very upset that the doctors’ surgery they have been attending for years has been closed,

“What seems to be perplexing is the short notice given by NHS England to both the patients and the staff at the practice,”

He said that many of his constituents had contacted him expressing concern about being relocated to a new practice.

“There is confusion and frustration as to why this all happened so suddenly...

“I am pleased that all patients were reallocated to a new practice as quickly as was possible, but I do understand that the new surgeries aren’t as convenient as the Willen surgery was for most.”

Mr Lancaster is still awaiting a response from the Secretary of State.

Meanwhile, neighbouring GP practices are this week still struggling to cope with the thousands of patients transferred from Willen.

NHS England is offering support, but has revealed no plans to reopen Willen Surgery with locum or permanent staff.