Buckshaw Village Surgery
A debate was held at Chorley Council’s Full Council meeting on Tuesday 22nd July regarding Buckshaw Village Medical Centre.
Given the concern of the future of the medical practice, the Labour Group of Councillors submitted the following notice of motion for approval at the council:
Chorley Council supports the residents of Buckshaw Village and the patient participate group in their efforts to oppose the termination of the contract for Doctor Nimal at Buckshaw Village surgery. The Council believes that an excellent service is provided at the surgery and the decision by NHS England to terminate the contract and tender out the service undermines the good work that has been done.
The Council condemns the Tory led government putting dogma before common sense insisting that all NHS contracts go out to tender. The Council will continue to support the work of the MP, elected representatives and local residents to protect the current service in the interests of local users.
Unfortunately, the Conservative councillors present (including Cllrs Bell, Morgan, Walker and Perks) voted against this motion. Instead they tabled an alternative motion (published below) which expressed support for the patients and residents but would not deal with the issue of why NHS England say the service has to be tendered out. This is based on regulations passed by the current Government in 2013. That is why the Labour Group of Councillors, including local Cllrs Jarnell & Handley (who are both patients of the surgery), Lynch & Danny Gee supported the Motion above but not the one tabled by the Conservatives.
The Labour Group firmly believe in supporting residents in helping to protect our GPs surgery but they do not believe local residents should be misled by local Tories who claim to support the current GPs practice but fail to acknowledge why the contract is due to be terminated.
The Labour Group, including local Cllrs Lynch, Jarnell, Handley & Danny Gee, will continue to work with residents, the Patient Participation Group and our MP to try and lobby successfully to protect Buckshaw Village Medical Centre.
The Tory Motion was:
Chorley Council fully supports the Buckshaw Surgery Patient Participation Group in their efforts to be recognised and consulted on the proposals to change the current GP services arrangements as outlined in their recent statement to NHS England which is as follows:
“To consult with and act in the best interests of the patients of Buckshaw Village Surgery. The Patient Participation Group at Buckshaw Village Surgery is deeply concerned to hear that the contract for Doctor (Nimal) Muttucumaru and his team is to be terminated in 12 months and put out to tender. As patients of the surgery, we do not believe this is in our best interests and we are distressed that this has been done without any patient consultation”
Unfortunately, this Conservative motion which expresses concerns, fails to criticise and hold to account David Cameron’s government, who have not only brought in this policy but have failed to allow for the recognition or acknowledgement of resident’s demands and that is why Labour proposed the motion that it did and why it was carried by a majority of the Councillors present including the independent Councillors.