Harlow Labour Councillors outraged at news that Osler House Surgery to close
News / Mon 26th Feb 2018 pm28 02:15pm
Harlow Labour Councillors react with anger at news that Osler House Surgery in Potter Street is to close
LABOUR Councillors have reacted with anger at news that Osler House Surgery in Potter Street is to close jeopardising the entire Prentice Place Regeneration scheme and leaving many elderly people without a local GP.
Patients today received a letter from the surgery advising them that it would close as of April 30.
Cllr Maggie Hulcoop who lives in Potter Street and represents Harlow Common ward said today; “This news has come completely out of the blue and frankly as a local councillor, it is a disgrace that the first I have heard of it is a letter through my letter box advising me as a patient that the surgery will close in two months’ time.
“The regeneration of Prentice Place centres around the GP practice and the pharmacy next door and the Council has been consulting with all tenants, including the Practice Group on the plans. This will have a significant impact on the whole scheme.
“It is frankly unbelievable that they in the course of those discussions they did not tell us that they had plans to close down.
“It is also unbelievable that the Osler House Patients Feedback group was unaware of the decision which was not raised at the February Potter Street Residents Forum meeting which Cllr Mark Wilkinson attended.
“The GP surgery and the pharmacy are vital services upon which the many elderly and frail residents of Potter Street rely and it is completely unacceptable that we lose them, and at this vital time with the regeneration plans in place.
“I have contacted West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group and they have told me that the 3,347 patients will be “dispersed” to surgeries in Church Langley, Bush Fair and Staple Tye.
“But currently bus services out of Potter street do not link directly to any other practise so local people will be expected to pay a heavy price for a service that they have a right to expect locally.
“Many people will be very unhappy about this and frankly it all comes down to one thing – money, or rather the lack of it being invested in our NHS by this Conservative government.
“I call on everyone who has concerns about this decision to work with me to protect our local community and health service and to ensure that all our residents have a local GP service they can easily and affordably access.”
This is very disappointing news but I do not think it is right for Labour politicians to be making political points off the back of other people's misfortune: this is nothing to do with the Conservatives or funding the NHS, it is a decision taken by the company which runs Osler House. The West Essex CCG is trying to do its best in the circumstances, providing alternatives to patients, and has organised drop-in sessions for patients who wish to discuss the closure and their options: o Tuesday 13.03.18 13:00-15:00 Potter Street Community Centre o Monday 19.03.18 16:30-18:30 Potter Street Baptist Church Hall