Camelford surgery must move sooner rather than later – MP
North Cornwall’s MP, Dan Rogerson, has called for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust to move GP services in Camelford to new premises on the existing primary school site, as soon as it becomes available.
The town’s medical practice is presently in unsuitable premises and residents have been promised a remedy for years. Now that Camelford Primary School is to share a site with Sir James Smith’s School, there will be a place for the surgery which Mr Rogerson says is ‘ideal’.
The local Liberal Democrat MP this week chaired a meeting of local councillors, Camelford Forum, Camelford Association of Residents, the town’s Vicar, the Primary Care Trust and Community First Cornwall in a bid to push forward plans for the move, which could see the Cornwall Council’s ‘One-Stop-Shop’ services moved to the site too, to make even more facilities available in one place. He has called a follow-up meeting for October.
Commenting afterwards, he said:
“I have written to the Cornwall Council and to the Primary Care Trust urging them to make this move a priority.
“For far too long staff and patients at Camelford’s GP practice have had to put up with poor conditions, and a limited service.
“When the primary school moves, there will be a golden opportunity to provide a new level of care for people in the area, and possibly to make it possible for people to get advice from the Council, and to pay bills all in the one place.
“By the time I meet with the PCT again in October, I’ll want to see detailed plans in place so that as soon as the site is ready for the necessary building work, it can go ahead. Camelford has waited long enough.”