Duncan brought Health Minister Norman Lamb to Chippenham to persuade him to back the bid for an Urgent Care Centre at Chippenham Hospital.
Chippenham’s GPs drew up the plans in order to bring urgent care services together in one place – accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week – and help relieve the pressure on nearby Accident and Emergency departments at the Royal United Hospital, Bath and the Great Western Hospital, Swindon.
The town’s three GP practices submitted a joint bid for funding for the project to the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund last year, but this was turned down when Conservative Ministers failed to support it.
In the House of Commons, Duncan secured a promise from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to look again at the proposals from Chippenham’s GPs.
Duncan invited Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care and Support, to meet local GP Dr Nick Brown and discuss the plan at Chippenham Hospital.
Following the meeting, Mr Lamb said:
“I will work with Duncan to make the case here. I am an advocate of joined up care.”
“The Minister’s backing means it’s worth continuing to put a really strong case in Westminster.
“We cannot afford a repeat of this year’s A&E crisis and local residents would really benefit from these proposals.”
Duncan also took Mr Lamb to Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership, to hear a group of local young people talk about the campaign they’re running to increase awareness of mental health problems.