Ray of hope in Slaidburn health centre fight

Rosamond Roughton ( NHS England), David Massey (Slaidburn Country Practice), Nigel Evans MP, Dr Jane Reeves (GP) and Heather Harrison ( Slaidburn Country Practice). (s)
Rosamond Roughton ( NHS England), David Massey (Slaidburn Country Practice), Nigel Evans MP, Dr Jane Reeves (GP) and Heather Harrison ( Slaidburn Country Practice). (s)

A meeting to discuss the threat to funding for remote rural GP practices like the one at Slaidburn has offered hope that a solution can be found.

Three representatives of Slaidburn Country Practice, Dr Jane Reeves, David Massey and Heather Harrison attended a meeting with Ros Roughton, National Director for Commissioning Development at NHS England, hosted by Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans at Westminster.

Mrs Roughton was already aware of the issues surrounding remote and rural practices and she knew the Bowland area well.

Deputy practice manager Mrs Harrison said the meeting’s outcome was encouraging, as the health chief confirmed that funding for remote and rural practices significantly affected by the withdrawal of MPIG cash was the subject of discussions as part of GP contract negotiations with the British Medical Association.

She felt that the negotiations would be concluded by the end of November and hoped for a positive outcome for Slaidburn.

Mrs Roughton said she hoped to be in a position to confirm the shape of future funding by Christmas.

At the meeting, Mrs Roughton highlighted the NHS England appointment of a National Clinical Director for Rural and Remote Care.

Slaidburn Country Practice thanked Mr Evans and this team for arranging the meeting and their continued support.

Mr Evans said: “I will continue to fight to ensure that the needs of the residents of Slaidburn, Newton-in-Bowland, Dunsop Bridge and Tosside are not forgotten and that the practice carries on offering the wonderful service that residents currently enjoy.”