Norwich MP Simon Wright questions Costessey closure plans

Norwich South MP Simon Wright has intervened over controversial proposals which could see the closure of a doctors' surgery in Costessey.

The Beechcroft Surgery in Beechcroft, New Costessey, has started 90 days of consultation over its possible closure, with a public meeting on Thursday, March 1.

The surgery said it was considering shutting because a partner had left and another would be leaving in the summer.

But Mr Wright, pictured, Liberal Democrat MP for Norwich South, which includes New Costessey, has questioned the rationale behind the closure plan.

He has written to the surgery and to NHS Norfolk asking what alternatives there might be.


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He said: 'The surgery is well sited at Beechcroft, serving an area with an older population – many of who have a range of complex medical needs. Grays Fair, Barley Court, and Rowan Court are all a short walking distance from the surgery. In addition, the need for medical facilities in the New Costessey area is only going to increase.

'The Greater Norwich Development Framework confirms significant level of housing growth anticipated in and around Costessey and Bowthorpe which will exceed currently available capacity.

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'The surgery itself is a relatively modern facility. For these reasons, I am surprised by the closure proposal.'

Do you have a health story? Call health reporter Kim Briscoe on 01603 772419 or email kim.briscoe@archant.co.uk

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