Mel Stride MP urges people to respond to NHS England survey over GP services for North Tawton

Thursday 18th June 2015 10:00 pm
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BOW Medical Practice took over the running of North Tawton Surgery on a one-year contract from April 2015, following some internal work on the premises.

Now NHS England is beginning to consider the potential shape of GP services for the longer term.

It says that this is a real opportunity to look afresh at what is needed locally and to find the best way of meeting those needs.

It adds that the starting point is a survey to find out more about key issues, such as: How people in and around North Tawton use services at the moment, what they might require in the future, opening hours, travel arrangements and accessibility.

The survey runs until June 30.

The surgery's existing patients have been written to with details of how to respond.

People who are not registered with the surgery may still take part.

If you would like to provide your views, you can do so online at: http://www.engage.england.nhs.uk">www.engage.england.nhs.uk or pick up a paper copy from North Tawton Post Office, North Tawton Town Council Office or North Tawton Surgery.

Glen Everton of NHS England, said: "The existing surgery engagement group will play a key role.

"Members have already worked with NHS England on the survey questions.

"Once the results are in, they will help with the analysis of what people say and how that should be reflected in a contract for prospective providers.

"This will mean looking at key issues such as the range of services, the demand for extended hours, and whether the area would better be served by a standalone practice or by the branch surgery of a bigger practice."

He added: "The aim is to develop a service specification by early August, so expressions of interest can be sought.

"Discussions can then start with potential providers, possibly leading to a competitive process if there are valid alternatives. A final decision will be needed to enable a full contract to be in place from April 2016."

Mel Stride, MP for Central Devon, said: "I urge local residents to respond to NHS England's survey and make their voices heard.

"This is a real opportunity to help shape the future of GP services in the town and to ensure that a long-term, sustainable service is secured.

"I will continue to work with the Engagement Group and NHS England and will monitor developments closely".

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