December 13 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, August 31, 2013
A health group has been told to put pressure on NHS England to increase GP services in Heacham if 200 new homes are built in the area.
Mike Press, chairman of the Heacham Group Practice Patients’ Participation Group, said that if a bid to build the houses went ahead it would add significantly to the practice’s patient roll.
It is NHS England’s responsibility to put in place increased GP services in areas that have experienced growth. However Mr Press said that even though the West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is responsible for buying health services in the area, could apply pressure on the NHS nationally to increase GP places –even though it does not have direct powers.
“I feel there needs to be some gravitas from the CCG to push for improvements, because it is this group that will get people niggling at them about why there isn’t a practice in the area,” Mr Press said.
Responding to Mr Press’s concerns, which were raised at the CCG’s August governing body meeting, chief officer Dr Sue Crossman said: “The CCG is very aware of the issues in that area. Whilst we don’t have powers, we are involved in discussions around it.”
Earlier this week it was revealed that council officers had recommended refusal for the application to build the homes.