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Spalding councillor Angela Newton is calling on Lincolnshire health chiefs to fulfill promise for surgery for residents in Monks House Lane, Bourne Road and Pode Hole

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Health bosses have been urged to fulfil their promise of a GP surgery on the west side of Spalding.

District and county councillor Angela Newton wants the Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) to provide the practice that was pledged in 2018 when Pennygate Surgery closed.

The long-serving councillor wants to see a medical centre which people in Monks House Lane, Bourne Road and Pode Hole can use - without having to cross the ‘dreaded’ railway line as they do to get Spalding GP Surgery and Munro Medical Centre.

Coun Angela Newton, who is pictured with Greg Green, is calling for a Spalding west surgery
Coun Angela Newton, who is pictured with Greg Green, is calling for a Spalding west surgery

Director of Primary Care, Community and Social Value Sarah-Jane Mills said that the ICB are committed to looking at the surgery but work has been halted over the last two years.

The ICB launched a consultation when Lincolnshire Community Health Service decided it wanted to give up the contract to run Spalding GP Surgery at Johnson Hospital in September.

Coun Newton said: “My fear is that if they have already indicated they want to move all Spalding GP surgery patients to one surgery they will have to spend mega bucks to make one of the surgeries larger.

“That means spending money there, which ought to be funding a new surgery for patients at the GP surgery - and all the new people who are and will be moving to St John’s Circus and all the new houses which are being built in the western end and all the way to Pode Hole.

Spalding GP Surgery when it was relaunched in 2019
Spalding GP Surgery when it was relaunched in 2019

“Colleagues tell me it is as difficult to get appointments at the other local surgeries, and nigh on impossible to see a doctor as it has been for the last five years at the GP centre.

“That said, I will be suggesting at the public meetings that we make representation that the different quangos which are responsible for provision of health services in south Lincolnshire do listen to the people this time.

“If it is still the wish of the majority that they pursue their previous offer of a facility in the west side of Spalding, they start the ball rolling now and show us we can believe them this time.”

Coun Newton said that Hilary Daniels, who was the chairman of the defunct Primary Commissioning Committee, pledged to speak to developers from 2018 to identify a suitable site on the west side, where the bulk of Pennygate patients lived.

She has also highlighted a later health report by the Clinical Commissioning Group, now replaced by the ICB, which stated that the long-term option would be to provide a practice on the west side.

Coun Newton - who is urging people to attend the Spalding GP surgery consultation events and have their say - said the report went onto say a GP practice provided from the Johnson Hospital for three to five years would be the most sensible conclusion.

She said: “I spoke to Sarah-Jane Mills, who is leading the present ‘consultation’, on Monday and asked why should we believe what she now says? I got the impression she knew nothing of those pledges and commitments.

“We were told the original move was for three years with a two year extension.

“We know the last two to three years have been overtaken with Covid but they do not appear to have done anything.”

Coun Newton said that Ms Mills has agreed to go on a tour of the area where the majority of Pennygate patients still live.

She said: “Those in charge of conducting discussions need to understand that, because of the railway line, and the down time of the gates, we really need the return of a GP surgery that side of the line.”

Director of Primary Care, Community and Social Values Sarah-Jane Mills said: "We are absolutely committed to looking at what the needs of the town are in terms of planning and development and that hasn't gone away.

"We have to be honest over the last two years we have not made much progress due to reasons we are all familiar with.

"We have kicked started the process which is looking at different communities on a primary care network basis and looking at what the facilities are in this community and what the facilities will be required for that community.""

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