No hope for new medical centre

PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 October 2011

Views of Wedmore Village.
19-4-08

Views of Wedmore Village. 19-4-08

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PLANS for a new health service in Wedmore have been scrapped - leaving the village with no hope for a new medical centre.

Wedmore and Axbridge Medical Practice backed out of plans, which would have seen it move to the central car park in the village.

Residents and councillors hoped the surgery relocation would result in an improved service, while it was also promised that parking spaces would be replaced.

Chairman of the council Mal Johnson said: “There is a consensus among the community that they were very supportive of this project.

“I feel quite down about it and in a way I think this is it. There won’t be another opportunity so I hope to get the best that we can and the doctors need to tell us what’s next.”

The surgery released a statement on behalf of doctors King, Dolman, Jackson-Voyzey, Miles, Cox and Sprague, which said: “Due to the current uncertain political and economic climate in the NHS, we are no longer able to proceed with our plans for a new development.

“Our intention is to continue to provide excellent medical care in Wedmore. This will require some restructuring of our services across both sites.”

Cllr Johnson said: “What does ‘some restructuring of our services’ mean? The doctors will have to explain this.

“The community will be very disappointed; we were allowing ourselves to get very excited about having a new medical centre.”

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