Reacting to news that the owners of the Medical Practice have given notice under their GMS contract to hand back their practice in Highley to the NHS, local MP Philip Dunne has pledged to work with local stakeholders to ensure minimal disruption to patients and to secure a sustainable long-term solution to primary care in Highley that delivers the best possible health outcomes.
Mr Dunne said:
“I have long been concerned that Highley’s primary care provision required significant reform to cater to the town’s growing population. In my view, the current Practice housed in a former domestic setting has limited opportunity to improve or expand services. I have campaigned and sought to work with the NHS in Shropshire for several years to come up with alternatives. Residents will be understandably concerned at this news of the current Practice ending their contract. I am urging the NHS in Shropshire to ensure alternative provision is available in Highley when the current contract ends. But I am also of the view this should provide a real opportunity to improve GP services for Highley residents.
“While this may take some time to provide a lasting solution, I have been reassured by NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care Board (ICB) that measures will be put in place to ensure a smooth transfer of cover for patients and staff when the current contract ends. I shall work closely with the ICB and Shropshire Council and will engage with Highley Parish Council to find a lasting solution. This must ensure local people in Highley receive good local access to high quality primary care.”