Residents of Tring need to be given ‘more reassurance’ about how GP services will cope with the planned growth of the town.
That is the verdict of elected members of Tring Town Council, who have expressed disappointment at a lack of information from Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (HVCCG).
The town council wrote to HVCCG questioning the current situation at The New Surgery in Tring, which has been operating on a temporary contract since the retirement of Dr Hall-Jones.
The council raised concerns that if the surgery was no longer seen as viable, then Rothschild House Surgery would be ‘unable’ to take on displaced patients.
Writing to Dr Nicolas Small, chairman of HVCCG, town council clerk Michael Curry said: “Assurance is sought that that will be the last temporary extension for New Surgery. Uncertainty causes anxiety to patients and delays investment in the practice.”
He also asked “what alternate provision will be made given the inability of Rothschild House to absord displaced patients?” should the New Surgery be considered “unviable”.
Mr Curry told the Gazette: “The long term situation has not necessarily been resolved yet.
“We have facilities to cope at the moment – but the town council expects that there will be further development in Tring.
“We are just trying as much as we can to make sure any development has the neccessary infrastructure.”
Mr Curry referred in the letter to the proposed LA5 development nearby, where up to 200 houses could be built.
A response to the letter from Dr Small failed to answer any of the questions posed, according to town councillor Christopher Townsend.
Mr Townsend, who is also standing for the Liberal Democrats in South Hertfordshire for the general election, told the Gazette: “I’m disappointed that we have asked some very specific questions and they have come back with vagueries.
“Services in Tring are stretched. The CCG has a responsibility to provide new services and we need to have a plan.”
A spokesman for Herts Valleys CCG said: “We are currently in a formal competitive tender process for the New Surgery in Tring.
“We are unable to comment further on the outcome of the procurement as we are currently in the evaluation stage.
“The procurement is being led by NHS England with involvement by Herts Valleys CCG. We should be in a position to advise of the outcome of the procurement in early summer.”