The Doctor who owns Millbrook surgery has told South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray that he doesn’t know whats in store for the village surgery so if anyone says they do they are being ‘economical’.
The MP has published correspondence outlining the latest position as best she knows it on Millbrook Surgery. She uses the post to denounce the local Labour Party for politicising the situation saying “I do not believe in using our local Health Services to frighten people into voting in a particular way” and then explains why she has refused to attend a public meeting in the village tonight, as she did not know it was organised by Labour.
For those #BlockedBySheryll here is the text of her statement
I was hoping to wait until there was a real decision about Millbrook Surgery to update constituents on the future of this important facility.
However, in view of the Labour Party Political Rally organised for Tuesday regarding this, I felt that I should provide my Constituents with the present position so far as I am aware. I would like to reassure all my Constituents that this update is given in my capacity of the democratically elected Member of Parliament who represents all people in SE Cornwall regardless of their politics.
On 16 December 2017, NHS England confirmed to me that “the licence extension has been secured – solicitors have been instructed by Dr Scaglioni for an extension of the license to occupy until the end of March 2018.” The original license was due to expire at the end of December 2017.
They continued “Last week Ian Turnbull in my team – who you spoke to recently – spoke with Francesco to discuss how we can try to move forward with a sale of the premises to a specialist primary medical care premises landlord.”
NHS England confirmed to me on 14 January, “Hi Sheryll, we were only alerted to this meeting in the last week and although I have it in my diary I have yet to commit NHS England to it.”
I heard from Dr Scaglioni on 13 January 2018 “I have no information about this meeting. If anyone does claim to have any information about the future of Millbrook Surgery then they are being “economical” as I have no info and I own the thing.”
Dr Barnes from The Rame Group Practice confirmed on 13 January 2018, “We have received an invite but do not intend to attend. We have sent a statement which Claire can share with you. From my perspective it seems like a quite unnecessary meeting as the position has been set out in a communication from NHS England and there is little more to add until more is known about what is happening about the building. Hopefully there will be clarity on that soon and we will all know where we are.”
“I would like to reassure my constituents who are patients registered at Millbrook that this is the real situation at present and I am doing everything I can to restore long term security for the surgery. I will continue to do my best, working with all those of influence, to ensure a satisfactory outcome following this period of negotiation”.Sheryll Murray MP
I do not believe in using our local Health Services to frighten people into voting in a particular way. This is a village in which I was born and have grown up in. As a resident I too am registered with the doctors who are running this local surgery and worked for this NHS practice for over 20 years before becoming an MP. Many of my friends still work there.
Please be assured that I will continue to do all I can to ensure a smooth transition as the ownership of this building changes hands from Dr Scaglioni who wishes to fully retire.
With regards the meeting, I did receive and email on 12 January 2018 from a Mr Houston saying “Public Meeting for more information on the future of the surgery! …..Tuesday 16th January 6.30pm Village Hall Millbrook. As the MP for, and living in Millbrook, it is expected that you will attend this important meeting.” This did not mention that the event was hosted by the Labour Party.
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I had to reply saying that it was expected that I attended the House of Commons to vote on the final stages of the EU Withdrawal Bill. I was therefore unable to attend.
If anyone has any concerns about the ongoing situation relating to Millbrook Surgery, please do contact me by post to Sheryll Murray MP, The House of Commons, Westminster, SW1A 0AA, emailing Sheryll@sheryllmurray.com or telephone my Office in the first instance 01579 344428. I will do my best to try to help.