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Mike has joined councillors and residents in celebrating "a huge step forward" in the campaign calling for the return of GP services back to High Oak in Pensnett.
After hundreds of residents signed Mike, Sue and Rebbekah's petition calling for the return of the surgery, Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust have confirmed that they plan to provide a GP prescence back in Pensnett by the end of February 2023.
“It’s a huge relief that local health authorities have heard the arguments being made so strongly by local patients, councillors and myself, and that people in Pensnett will finally have their GP surgery back.
“While the move back to the prefab building on High Oak is a huge step forward, there clearly needs to be a longer term plan for a new, up to date and permanent base for the surgery in Pensnett. I am pleased Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust and the Integrated Care Board will now be working with Bash from the local pharmacy to explore his proposals, and I look forward to working with them to make sure these plans are right for the local community.”
Councillor Sue Greenaway said: “As a resident and representative of Brockmoor and Pensnett ward, I am delighted that our much-needed GP services will be returning to the ward, and the further work to be done to ensure the future provision of healthcare within the ward.
“Our residents have rightly stood with us and stated clearly we deserve better, and they have finally been listened to!”
Councillor Rebbekah Collins, who is also lives in the ward, said: “For too long the good people of Brockmoor and Pensnett have been forgotten by crucial services, and the health inequalities in the data from our council’s public health department clearly evidences this fact.”
She added that there’s still work to be done and details to be confirmed but added: “Credit goes to our residents who have fought and assisted us to get this excellent result.”
It’s a huge relief that local health authorities have heard the arguments being made so strongly by local patients, councillors and myself, and that people in Pensnett will finally have their GP surgery back.