I went to the West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group meeting on September 23. This meeting was for the public about how our healthcare services are being run now and in the future in Lynn.
I found out from CCG that the NHS doesn’t have enough money so the CCG has to run our service on the postcode system. This has already started in Lynn.
The NHS and the CCG already took £550,000 away from Vida Healthcare Group that runs our surgeries and healthcare.
This money was given to other parts of the country.
Robbing Peter to pay Paul isn’t right, when in end they will want the same thing at the same time.
I asked the CCG about the increased population we will have when the new houses at Lynnsport, Nar Ouse Regeneration Area (NORA) project and the Riverside Development are built. I was told that it is a council problem, not for them.
I then said it is a problem for the CCG when there will more people at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and on surgery doorsteps wanting NHS healthcare services when these new houses are built. I asked them which surgery will people go to when the houses are built at the Lynnsport. Someone from the audience said there is already a surgery there, but I asked whether this surgery already had the maximum number of patients, just like all the other surgeries in Lynn and surrounding areas.
The NHS will have to build more surgeries or extend the ones we already have, but where will the NHS, CCG and the council get the money from? We should give the best NHS services to the people who are already living in Lynn before we add more from new houses.
Robert Raab, Fairstead