28th Oct, 2016

MP backs GPs’ growth plan for extra patients

Evesham Editorial 8th Jan, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

PERSHORE’S MP has backed moves by South Worcestershire GPs to plan for growing patient numbers as more homes are built across the Vale.

Harriet Baldwin, MP for West Worcestershire, welcomed the news that the South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (SWCCG) is working with public health chiefs to draw up ideas in order to cope with the extra people who will need to use the healthcare services.

As part of an extra £2 billion to help fund NHS throughout the country, it was announced a further £3.19 million will be allocated to the South Worcestershire GPs and will mean the CCG can budget and plan for future growth.

Mrs Baldwin said: “The South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) will undergo a final round of consultation and examination in the spring and it is expected to be signed off by the planning inspector in the summer.

“The plan will cover housing development growth over the next two decades but we are already seeing new housing developments underway.

“I welcome the news that the local GPs are looking at how to plan for this growth in population and I hope that the additional £3 million for this year will be useful.

“There are already conversations underway about how to expand primary school capacity to cope with added housing in Malvern and I am also calling for the dualling of the Southern Link road and the Cotswold Line.”