Labour Concern at Closure of Victoria Park GP Practice

Saturday, 7 August 2021
Cllr Mick Lerry organising fightback against GP closure

Bridgwater’s Victoria Park Medical Centre has announced that it will close the practice from Wednesday 11th August due to ‘ongoing clinical staffing shortages’ and letters have been sent out to the 600 or so patients affected relocating them to other practices. But the news has caused an angry reaction in the neighbourhood with Cllr Mick Lerry, (Victoria, Labour) saying “As Chair of the Board at Victoria Park Community Centre I am really concerned at the imminent closure of the GP Service at the Medical Centre. Victoria Park Community Centre has always been a local Hub for the community and closure of the GP Practice will mean that registered patients will be denied a local accessible service on the West side of Bridgwater. Patients will now have to go to East Quay, Cranleigh Gardens, Taunton Road and Somerset Bridge, which will only put pressure on other GP Practices”.

Victoria Labour councillor Mick Lerry has called the CCG to’think again’

Mick went on to say: “I have written to the Clinical Commissioning Group to ask them to consider other options, which will include retaining a GP Practice at the Centre. At a time when the Covid pandemic is still active, this is not the time to reduce health care in the growing community population. As yet I have not received a reply to my letter, which has also been copied to the local Member of Parliament and Local Authorities. The role of the Clinical Commissioning Group is to commission health care to meet the reasonable needs of the community, principally for patients, both registered and unregistered. If the GP Practice is removed, then the CCG will not be meeting its responsibility to patients. To close the medical centre and GP practice will only be detrimental to the promotion of good health care for the community”.

Important Hub for the Community

Cllr Mick Lerry continued: “The Victoria Park Community Centre was established to act as an import hub for the community. It was about Local Authorities and the CCG working together to provide health care for the community and well-being for children. If the GP Practice closes this will also have an impact on other services offered at the Centre, including the Pharmacy, which is involved in the Covid vaccination programme. I have asked the CCG to think again and search for options that will maintain the Medical Centre and GP Practice at Victoria Park Community Centre”.

Julie Cordiner (Labour Victoria) ‘fight to retain a GP practice’

Cllr Julie Cordiner (Labour Victoria) added “I am totally shocked by the closure of the GP service at the Medical Centre at Victoria Park Community Centre. These are difficult times for many people and for most people the trusted GP is a lifeline, offering not only medical services, but consistent support in a difficult world. For many the prospect of being forced to attend a different GP service will bring worry and anxiety at a time when many people are already worried and anxious due to COVID. We also must not forget those who may find it difficult to access care away from their community, those who do not have a means of transport who are ultimately going to experience increased transportation costs whenever they need to visit their GP. I agree with Cllr Mick Lerry that the CCG must consider all options and fight to retain a GP practice at the Victoria Centre. This is in the best interests of the community.”

5 comments on “Labour Concern at Closure of Victoria Park GP Practice

  1. Amy

    There are more than 600 patients, as someone who worked at the pharmacy next door and has a family registered to the practice, I am shocked. My family left a another gp surgery to be at vpmc as it was more convenient and the gps were wonderful. I have disabled mother who has agoraphobia and this is ther nearest surgery and she feels comfortable there.

  2. Christine Biddiscombe

    I am very concerned with the lack of communication from V. M. C I was only made aware of the situation from a family member looking on Facebook, there has been no explanation of why the surgery is closing.

  3. TRACY

    Who owns the building. Make sure the doctors aren’t lining their private pockets veith property paid for by the public funded NHs

  4. Ian Tucker

    I hope the local MP takes at least the same interest as he has with the relatively minor issue of the green bins not being collected.