Committee formed to address concerns over new GP surgeries


A new committee has been formed in Bedford to put health chiefs, planners, and property developers under the microscope over how new GP surgeries are created.

The meeting on Monday of Bedford Council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee looked at how surgeries are established in new housing areas, following concerns expressed at past meetings about Wixams, and Biddenham.

The scrutiny committee has set up a small Task and Finish Group to get into the nitty gritty of the topic and report back to the larger committee.

Over the coming months they will be inviting experts from their own planning deparment, NHS leaders, developers, and GPs to give evidence to the committee.

The members appointed to the group are: Conservative group leader Cllr Graeme Coombes (Wilshamstead); Cllr Dean Crofts (Lib Dem, Kingsbrook) and one of either Cllr Kay Burley (Lab, Kempston Central & East) or Cllr Abu Sultan (Lab, Cauldwell).

Cllr Burley, who was chairing Monday’s meeting, said: “It could take quite a lot of hours and quite a lot of time to complete.”

Words: David Tooley, Local Democracy Reporter and Erica Roffe

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