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Lyneham and Bradenstoke Residents Threatened with No Heathcare Support

January 17, 2014 12:41 PM

Some Residents of Lyneham and Bradenstoke including families on the Military base were shocked to get letters from the New Court surgery in Royal Wootton Bassett (RWB) telling them that they could no longer be patients at the surgery and saying that they must register with a GP elsewhere. The problem is that there is no GP surgery in Lyneham or Bradenstoke!

This crisis has arisen due to new housing developments in RWB. This has caused a significant increase in the town population, so putting increased and unfair pressure on doctors and nurses at the New Court surgery.

Some families who received the unwelcome letter turned for help to North Wilts MP James Gray. One resident who did so was stunned to get a rather dismissive reply from Mr Gray that contained the following:

"...As you know we Conservatives do not believe in in top down governing. We think GPs are best placed to make decisions which affect them and their patients..."

Would be Libdem MP for North Wiltshire Dr Brian Mathew takes a different view:

"I am shocked by James Gray's attitude I feel that an MP should act on the problems that others have failed to address. That is what people rightly expect and is what he is paid to do. Clearly this is not happening".

Dr Mathew is working with local residents on a petition calling for the opening of a satellite surgery to cover Lyneham and Bradenstoke, and the Lyneham MOD base. Dr Mathew Continued:

"Some people seem to think that the Ministry of Defence provide healthcare for military families on their bases. This is not the case. It's totally unacceptable that local people are being cut off from access to support of GP services from doctors and nurses, and I am utterly disgusted that this is hitting service families on the Lynham base. I have written both to the Chief Executive of NHS England and the chairman and Chief Officer of the Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (who are responsible for commissioning health care services to meet the reasonable needs of patients registered with Wiltshire General Practices and unregistered Patients living in the area) calling for them to take urgent action to sort out proper health provision in Lyneham and Bradenstoke. I will be out with local residents going door to door to collect petition signatures in Lyneham and Bradenstoke. I shall also be putting this petition online as I hope people in North Wiltshire and right across the County will support this campaign. Please add your name to it"