Owen Paterson hails funding boost for Whitchurch GP services.

Owen Paterson hails funding boost for Whitchurch GP services.


The Prime Ministers Challenge fund has announced an extra £12.5 million of funding for 5 practices in Shropshire, including Bridgewater and Richmond House in Whitchurch.


The money will be will be invested in building work to renovate and rebuild surgeries and improve access to healthcare services to the people of the county.


Owen Paterson said “I am delighted that GP practices in Whitchurch will be receiving a share of an extra £12.5 million of funding.  This investment in primary care is excellent news for local people who will benefit from improved services.”


Dr Caron Morton, Accountable Officer for Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the organisation responsible for buying healthcare services in the area, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to see this investment in primary care in Shropshire and the wider recognition that implies of the need to support primary care services now and in the future.


“For a lot of people, the GP is their first point of access into the NHS, sometimes at the beginning of what can a longer-term need for the health service,” she said. “Because of this, they can play a vital role in joining up healthcare to ensure the people of Shropshire get the care they need at the right time and in the right place.


“This investment in GP services is a massive boost to the people of Shropshire and will go a long way to providing a strong and sustainable healthcare service now and in the future.”


“We see this as a brave step forward in developing a resilient local NHS that delivers the care to the people of Shropshire that they so rightly deserve,” she said.