MPs prepare for vaccine pay fight
Shadow health minister Dr Andrew Murrison used the insight he gained from his practice visit to illuminate his contributions to two subsequent health debates in the Commons.
When Dr Murrison visited Dr Vivian Stevens' surgery in War-minster, the practice's funding problems were top of the agenda.
'Because the town is peripheral, when funds are tight and the horns are drawn in, the funding is always claimed from our town on the basis of the argument of centralising services,' said Dr Stevens.
The MP, a former GP himself, agreed that the area was 'not given a fair slice of the cake financially'.
The GP and MP also agreed on the need to protect the long-term future of Warminster community hospital praised by Dr Stevens as 'a valuable resource'.
Dr Murrison, Tory MP for Westbury, said closure of the hospital would be unacceptable. 'If it were to close down my constituents would have to travel a long way to access services.'
He added: 'It was useful to have an updated view from the coalface and to take the temperature of general practice right now. I used to be a GP so I have empathy with, and an understanding of, primary care.'