Councillors Challenge Care Trust over Surgery Closure

Cllrs Cheryl Bacon, Ross Downing and Don Massey have challenged Bexley Care Trust over the proposed closure of Longmead Drive Surgery. Bexley Care Trust was summoned to the meeting of Bexley Council’s Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee last week to answer questions about the closure of the surgery at the end of March and provision of GP services for the practice’s 2400 patients.

Cllr Downing questioned Mr Weaver (representing Bexley Care Trust) about plans for existing patients and asked for a detailed breakdown of where they were to be accommodated. Many patients have grave concerns about being able to access a GP within a reasonable distance from their home. Cray Meadows will be the only ward in Bexley without a GP practice.

Cllr Bacon challenged Mr Weaver about the Care Trust’s failure to consult with local residents, local councillors and Bexley Council. Mr Weaver admitted that the Care Trust had failed to carry out the required consultation about the closure. He also agreed that the current surgery catered for some of Bexley’s most vulnerable residents.

Under pressure from Councillors, Bexley Care Trust has agreed to work with council officers to try to identify possible sites for an alternative practice in the Ward.

Cllrs Bacon, Downing and Massey said:

“Understandably, local residents are very concerned to preserve a GP presence in the area and we will work with local residents, Royal Park Residents Association, Bexley Council officers and the Care Trust to see if an alternative practice site can be found within Cray Meadows.”

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