News that Coalville’s GPs are to receive £1m to expand Long Lane Surgery has been welcomed by Jamie McMahon, Labour parliamentary candidate for North West Leicestershire, and John Legrys, Labour Councillor for Coalville, however this doesn’t mean the consultation is over or that concerns have been resolved.
Jamie and John recently raised serious concerns about the plans. They went to visit all three sites and held a meeting with the GPs to talk about the proposal in order to make sure their concerns were heard. The proposal merges services currently provided at Coalville Health Centre on Memorial Square, The Family Practice on Belvoir Road and Long Lane Surgery into one improved surgery at Long Lane.
This week it was announced that the Long Lane Surgery would receive £1m to expand as part of the merger. However the consultation doesn’t close until April 9th and it is important local people make their voice heard.
Labour parliamentary candidate Jamie McMahon said:
“It’s clear from visiting Coalville’s three GP surgeries that investment is very welcome however it has to work for Coalville. The loss of footfall in the town centre, the extra travel for patients and the impact on residents around Long Lane surgery are all major concerns raised with us by local people. It’s great to see much needed money spent locally but it has to be right for Coalville. I’ll keep using my experience as Regional Director for a Disabled Children’s Charity to make sure Coalville gets a fair deal.”
Coalville Labour District Councillor John Legrys said:
“We talked to the doctors about allowing people to access routine services from local pharmacies. They were very receptive and the pharmacies are ready to deliver. It would keep footfall in Coalville and stop unnecessary travel for local people. I hope that this money isn’t the end of the conversation and we’ll certainly keep the pressure up.”