Consultation to go ahead over new health deal

Patients outside Buckshaw Village Surgery
Patients outside Buckshaw Village Surgery
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Patients will be able to have their say on the future of Buckshaw Village Surgery.

NHS England has confirmed consultation will be carried out ahead of them awarding a new contract for the practice.

It follows a meeting last Monday between representatives of Buckshaw Patient Participation Group (PPG) and NHS England.

The PPG had called for a consultation with patients as the contract to run the surgery is put out for tender.

Concerns grew over the future of the centre when NHS England announced the existing contract would not automatically be renewed when it ends next year.

The new contract could go to the existing GP or another provider.

Jackie Forshaw, head of primary care (Lancashire) for NHS England, said: “Patient engagement is a key part of any process which may involve service changes and, over the coming months, we will be providing opportunities for patients in Buckshaw to share their views about GP services in the village.

“We will continue to liaise and engage with the PPG to ensure that patients registered with the practice have an opportunity to give their observations.”

The consultation will include drop-in sessions and a questionnaire.

Sarah Jane Riggott, co-chairman of the PPG, sad: “We already have a follow-up meeting scheduled in September and look forward to working with Jackie and her team to ensure the patients of Buckshaw Village Surgery are given every opportunity to have their say.

“We are thrilled that the consultation process has started and hope that this will truly serve the best interests of the patients.”

Co-chairman, Kenneth Webb, added: “Buckshaw PPG will be helping to formulate the patient questionnaire and will also be on hand at the drop-in session to speak to patients.”