Provision of new medical centre ‘is long overdue’

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Polegate’s residents and their GPs are having to put up with cramped and unsuitable conditions that are long overdue for replacement, says the local MP.

Norman Baker met with local doctors on Mondayand took along the Lib Dem Health Minister Norman Lamb. At the meeting, the two MPs discussed with GPs from both the Manor Park and Downlands surgeries the urgent need for a new medical centre, as well as other topical NHS matters.

Now Mr Baker has pledged to write to both the NHS nationally and to the local Clinical Commissioning Group to press for funds to be made available for a new centre, and Norman Lamb has also pledged to do what he can to help.

Mr Baker said, “I am disappointed that after so many false starts, we still seem to be no nearer to getting a new medical centre for Polegate than we were a few years ago. This situation cannot be allowed to carry on much longer, especially bearing in mind the significant extra housing that Wealden District Council is allocating in the Polegate area.

“The surgeries simply won’t physically be able to cope. Furthermore, I want to see more simple health services delivered in Polegate rather than forcing people to have to travel to the DGH or worse to Bexhill or Hastings, but the lack of space in Polegate severely limits options.”

Mr Lamb said, “I was pleased to be able to meet the local Polegate GPs to discuss topical NHS issues. I was concerned to see the conditions in which they are having to work and agree that better facilities are urgently needed. I have said to Norman Baker that I will do what I can to help.”

Mr Baker has criticised the withdrawal of the pacemaker clinic at Lewes Victoria Hospital. Those using the service will in future have to travel to Brighton or Haywards Heath. He said, “The NHS is supposed to be moving towards the local provision of services like this, but this is taking us in the opposite direction.”