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Many local residents have contacted me over the past few days concerned about the potential closure of JS Medical Practice in Westbury Avenue.

I share these concerns and have already written to the Chief Executive of NHS England to ask that he look into this as a matter of urgency. Thousands of people rely on the services provided at the practice and it’s absolutely essential that patients have their say before any changes are made.

I will be holding a public meeting to discuss this issue on Friday 10 June at 4pm in the Junior Hall at Lordship Lane Primary School, Ellenborough Road, Wood Green N22 5PS.

I have asked NHS England to attend to explain their plans in person and I hope they will accept the invitation.

Please join me on Friday 10 June to discuss this important local issue. If you can’t make the meeting but have any concerns about the plans then please contact me.

Public meeting: proposed closure of JS Medical Practice in Westbury Avenue

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3.jpgEarlier this year I wrote to Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, to urge him to reconsider plans to cut funding for pharmacies. I know many pharmacists and patients are concerned by the Government's plans. Indeed, a related online petition has attracted over 51,000 signatures.

Pharmacies play a crucial role in our community. They have a significant impact on patient care and provide an essential service in dispensing both medication and the essential information and advice than can prevent people from having to visit their GP for common health problems.

Introducing cuts on this scale to community pharmacy services will not improve primary care outcomes. I am concerned that pharmacies will find it harder to provide the safe, good-quality services we all want to see. 

The Government are consulting on their plans for community pharmacies and I hope they carefully consider the responses they receive. 

The health service across the country is under enormous pressure. The only way the Government will achieve its planned £22 billion worth of efficiency savings will be by cutting staff, cutting pay and closing essential services. 

A different, co-ordinated approach to planning and investment is needed across primary care to ensure that patients get the most out of the NHS and pharmacies.

Jeremy Hunt's Reply to my letter on cutting funding for pharmacies

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