Uncertainty over accommodation for doctors in Uckfield area

Doctors in the Uckfield area are due to meet with members of the Sussex Downs and Weald Primary Care Trust to discuss future National Health Service provision.

The trust has co-ordinated provision to date but under a new NHS structure is due to be phased out by April 2013.

Groups or consortia of GPs will then take over the commissioning of services for local people.

There is uncertainty in the area about accommodation for doctors’ surgeries.

The Meads Surgery in Uckfield was planning a move to purpose-built premises at West Park but there has been no sign of building work yet.

In Buxted planning permission was given recently for a new doctors’ surgery but the PCT has announced a review of its spending plans and there is now doubt over whether that will be provided.

A letter has been sent to villagers saying: “In the light of the national and local financial situation in the NHS we are being forced to review all of our current spending plans, especially those with very long term commitments, such as new buildings.

“There are several building projects that the PCT has been involved with and Buxted is one of these projects.

“A decision has been taken to review all the projects in the light of our financial position and the overall situation in Uckfield and surrounding areas.

“We intend to convene a meeting of local practices over the coming weeks to start this process. We are in contact with Dr Wright and his colleagues at Buxted during this time.

“The current owners of the practice building have indicated that they would like the building back, but we are not aware of any firm deadlines to close the practice, or for the existing partners to be evicted. We will ensure we are kept updated on this.”

When Uckfield News.com asked the PCT what was happening about the Meads Surgery we received the following statement:

“We are committed to ensuring that people living in Uckfield and the surrounding area can continue to easily access care and advice from their local GP when they need it.

“We are fully aware that local demand for GP services is set to increase in the future as a number of new housing developments are completed.

“Under the proposed new NHS structure, Primary Care Trusts, such as ourselves are set to be phased out by April 2013 with groups or consortia of GPs taking over the commissioning of services for local people.

“For this reason, it is vital that we continue to work closely with GP practices in the Uckfield are across a range of issues, including forward planning.

“We now want to begin discussions with local doctors about developing a robust overarching plan which will guide the shape of local services in years to come.”

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