Following the outcry after the public meeting held by Midlands Medical Partnership (MMP), the Royal Town’s MP, Andrew Mitchell, has been increasing his efforts to look after patients.
Mr Mitchell met with the Executive Chairman of the Midlands Medical Partnership (MMP), Dr Dave Sangha, last Friday and has also spoke to Paul Jennings, Chief Executive of NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), in order to gain clarification that all possible avenues had been explored and that suitable plans were in place to ensure that all patients would be properly looked after.
In a meeting where Mr Mitchell expressed his dismay at the proposal, Dr Sangha assured him that of the 1900 registered patients, 1500 were local and all could be registered with local GP surgeries. The Chairman also outlined very clearly the strains that the surgery is under and the extensive research that MMP undertook to ensure that this was a suitable route that had to be taken.
After the meeting with the MMP Andrew Mitchell also raised the issue with Paul Jennings, Chief Executive of NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG who said:
“We are committed to ensuring that patients can access high-quality services from a local GP. Patients can therefore be assured that they will be able to register with another local GP practice, and no one will be left without a GP, should Mere Green Surgery close.”
Andrew Mitchell said:
“I have now been assured, quite specifically, that for each of my 1500 constituents directly affected by this, a place with a doctor in the very close vicinity (and possibly on the floor below the existing surgery)
will be available”
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