Willen Surgery to reopen after city wins £1.86million health bid

Mark Lancaster MP
Mark Lancaster MP

Willen Surgery is set to reopen following its sudden closure in 2013, it was announced today.

The GP surgery will open under the umbrella of Newport Pagnell Medical Centre later this year. It follows the news Milton Keynes is set to receive an extra £1.8million for its GP practices across the city.

Conservative MP for MK North, Mark Lancaster, has praised today’s news, which will see 22 surgeries benefit across the city thanks to the funding from the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund.

But his opponent facing him in May’s election - Emily Darlington - says she is disappointed to have failed with her Willen Surgery campaign - calling it “pre-election spin”.

Mr Lancaster said: “Whilst I’ve yet to hear a positive word about Milton Keynes from my Labour opponent, personally like many other local people I’m delighted at today’s news that Willen Surgery will re-open.

“In total we have received an extra £1.8m to increase capacity at city GPs surgeries enabling an extra 34000 appointments to be made available. Thank you to everyone in the community who have worked together on submitting this bid and making this possible.

“Having campaigned long and hard for this with local residents I am delighted that NHS England have finally agreed in principal for the surgery to re-open under the umbrella of Newport Pagnell Medical Centre.

“It’s good that it has been established as a priority for this year and that appropriate funding has been committed by the government.”

The announcement from NHS England today said Milton Keynes Primary Care Collaboration, which consists of 22 practices covering 229,559 patients, was successful in a bid to secure £1.86m from the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund.

Ms Darlington, who has campaigned for Willen Surgery to reopen since last year, said: “This is disappointing news for former patients of Willen Village surgery.

“Jeremy Hunt had opportunity to permanently reopen surgery, but instead only approved 1 year infrastructure funding of less than £100K and no new GP contract.

“Hundreds of people who have signed my petition will see this for what it is, pre-election spin and still demand a permanent solution. After two years of inaction and letting the GP crisis in Milton Keynes get worse, our campaign has forced them to say something but the campaign will continue. “