Norfolk MP tells House of Commons about wish to end on-going Fenland village GP surgery saga

PUBLISHED: 13:24 29 January 2011

Terrington St John Surgery.

Terrington St John Surgery.

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A Norfolk MP has spoken in the House of Commons of her wish to see an end to the on-going saga of a Fenland village GP surgery which has moved into temporary accommodation.

The Terrington St John practice moved out of the village’s health centre after its new owners were unable to agree a deal with the outgoing partners.

This meant Peterborough-based primary care group First Health had to move doctors, nurses and receptionists into the village’s scout hut before moving into portable buildings in the village.

Speaking during Business Questions on Thursday, South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss said: “Since October, the people of Terrington St John have been forced to use a mobile surgery, while a fully kitted out GP surgery lies empty nearby.

“Could the leader of the House ask for a statement from the Secretary of State for Health about how he is going to address this issue which is causing distress, inconvenience and cost to local residents.”

In response, Sir George Young, Leader of the House of Commons, said he would share Ms Truss’ concerns with the Secretary of State.

Speaking afterwards, Ms Truss said: “The residents of Terrington St John and surrounding areas have put up with this situation for too long and I feel enough is enough.

“Decisive action does needs to be taken to bring this episode to a close.

“I will maintain the pressure on all parties so that the residents can have the use of a proper building and not a what is currently be used as their GP surgery.”

The plea by Ms Truss follows NHS Norfolk confirming it had re-started discussions with the building’s owners.

West Norfolk Council have also revealed they could make a compulsory purchase order of the village’s health centre.

The temporary 250 square-foot surgery is situated opposite the village scout hut and has six clinical rooms, a large waiting area, disabled toilets and storage facilities.

Current opening times are 9am to 5pm, with the last GP appointment at 4.30pm. To contact the surgery call 01945 880471 or 01553 828884.


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