Overwhelming support for village surgery

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Village residents have made it clear they want their GP surgery to remain as it is.

A question mark hangs over the future running of Buckshaw Village Surgery.

NHS England has terminated the current surgery’s contract with effect of July 1, 2015, and will carry out a full procurement exercise for the future running of the service.

Buckshaw Village Community Association (BVCA) held a question and answer session with key stakeholders from across the village on Thursday evening.

Invitations onto the panel went out to Barratt Homes, Redrow Homes, RMG Management Agents, New Progress Housing, Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, Coun Margaret Smith, leader of South Ribble Council, Lancashire county councillor Matthew Tomlinson for South Ribble, Lancashire county councillor Mark Perks, for Chorley and NHS England.

And there was drama on the night when panellist Duncan Wishart, Barratt Homes project manager for Buckshaw Village, complained of feeling unwell and received treatment from surgery doctors who were there.

Association chairman Craig Lee said: “He’s okay now. Luckily the doctors were there at the meeting from Buckshaw Village Surgery. They went to his assistance, helped him out and brought him home.

“It was a little bit dramatic. It was poignant – I naturally made that point to the NHS England representative.”

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Martin Clayton, of NHS England, outlined the process that the surgery is going through and the options 

“He did say the surgery isn’t closing. There will be a surgery there – it’s just who runs the surgery,” said Mr Lee. “He came in from a little bit of criticism from the panel about the way NHS England have conducted themselves.”

Mr Lee said there was overwhelming backing for the current surgery to remain.

“There was a lot of support for that,” he said.

Concerns include the current surgery provider not getting the new contract and a larger private provider winning the contract and altering or removing services.