Meeting on merger of Pewsey & Marlborough medical practices
95 people attended the meeting on Wednesday evening (January 25) in the Town Hall to hear about the planned merger of Pewsey Surgery with the Marlborough Medical Practice.
They heard Jo Cullen from the Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group explain the pressures both nationally and locally on GPs - especially due to the shortage of doctors.
Both Pewsey and Marlborough are among the 800 practices in England considered to be vulnerable to this shortage. Both are short of one doctor - and Marlborough will soon be short of two with the retirement of Dr Sally Hanson.
Then Dr Jenny Campbell, a partner in the Marlborough Medical Practice, explained how the merger would work - and the plan to make it 'effect neutral' so that patients will not notice the change.
It was revealed that eight months of advertising for a GP to replace Dr Abi Griffiths in Marlborough had not produced a single applicant. One questioner suggested that Marlborough should take steps to market itself as a great place to live.
One of the main long term aims is to make better use of the doctors - who are "becoming a rarer and rarer resource" - by skilling up other qualified health staff.
Doctors were pleased and relieved when one questioner asked "What can we do to help?"