Tettenhall Labour members have recently been involved in a successful campaign against closure of Wood Road GPs’ surgery. This was run with a group of Tettenhall residents and the former Labour Wolverhampton SW MP, Eleanor Smith. Whilst communicated as a problem with GP recruitment, the key issue in fact was increasing charges made by NHS Property Services – these threatened to make the practice financially unviable.
Closing the surgery would have meant an extra 4000 patients using the other Tettenhall GP surgery in Lower Street - which already has 8000 people on its books - and extra travelling time for older and disabled patients.
The campaign successfully argued against the proposed changes and managed to keep the surgery open, albeit with reduced working hours.
The campaign is continuing around three priorities: securing an extra GP for the practice, measuring the impact of the surgery’s reduced working hours on vulnerable patients’ access to treatment and lobbying NHS Property Services to reduce its charges in future.