Tendering services could threaten medical centre's future

PUBLISHED: 13:30 28 August 2014

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THERE is a 'minor threat' to the future of a village medical centre once its services go out to tender, according to a patient group.

The Cheddar Medical Centre Patient Participation Group (PPG) has been looking at the experiences of patients who use the centre in Roynon Way.

It is concerned that when services go out to tender next year, it could mean the centre receives less revenue.

Speaking at Cheddar Parish Council, John Pimblott from the PPG, said: “It’s not a major threat, it’s minor at this time. But with out-sourcing of services with the NHS and services going to tender, the revenue stream is going to diminish.

“So what we are saying is we are not certain that the medical centre in the next five to 10 years is going to stay in the same format it is in now.”

Councillor Dawn Hill said: “I would be horrified if that was the case. The population of this village is increasing all the time and if I thought for one second the centre was under any sort of threat I would be rattling quite a few cages.”

The PPG is also looking into the possibility of providing a community transport scheme to help elderly and disabled people travel to medical appointments.

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