Victory! Conservative councillors and MP help secure future of Marlowe Park surgery

Strood South Councillors John Avey and Josie Iles along with local MP Mark Reckless have welcomed the news that Dr Juneja of Marlowe Park Medical Centre has now signed a permanent contract as a direct result of the Conservative campaign to keep the surgery open.

Responding to the news, Cllr John Avey said:

“I am very pleased to see that the Marlowe Park Surgery’s future is secure. Every patient who attends the practice that I have spoken to has nothing but praise for Dr Juneja and his staff. The 200+ patients demonstrated this very clearly at the recent meeting organised by the PCT at Sherwin Knight School where many spoke passionately for the surgery’s continued future and for Dr Juneja personally.

A remarkable testament to the good doctor and his staff. I wish him and his team well for the future.”

Fellow Strood South Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Medway Josie Iles welcomed the news:

“I was very pleased to hear that negotiations between the PCT and Dr Juneja have come to a satisfactory conclusion.  In the interests of the patients and our local community I welcome the news that Dr Juneja has been awarded a permanent contract which will see the surgery continue for a long time to come.”

Dr Juneja added:

“I would like to thank our Honourable MP, Mark Reckless who went out of his way to support the Practice. I was moved when I found out that he actually engaged full time to the cause of Marlowe Park and it’s patients at the time when his wife was expecting a baby and he should have been concentrating on family matters. My sincere thanks also to Cllr Chris Irvine, Mark’s assistant and right hand man, and Councillors John Avey and Josie Iles for running a door to door campaign to mobilize support.

We couldn’t have done it without this campaign and I think our patients have a reason to be proud of such a selfless MP and hardworking Councillors.

A word of thanks to Dr James Thallon and Mr Stephen Ingram, the LMC and members of the Medway NHS Trust who helped reach an agreement. And finally, for the two women behind the scenes who gave me the moral support to go through this protracted ordeal sharing months of sleepless nights with me – my mum and my wife.

Marlowe Park begins the new Contract with launching of Phlebotomy and Family Planning services from next week and a new website to improve patient involvement:

We will strive to live up to the expectations of our patients and the Commissioners.”

Mark Reckless, Member of Parliament for Rochester and Strood, responded:

“I am delighted to hear the news that Dr Juneja and the Kent and Medway PCT have now signed a permanent contract following my intervention.

I would like to thank the PCT, and particularly their committed and conscientious medical director James Thallon, for genuinely listening to and acting upon the concerns of the hundreds of patients who would have been affected.

It is a testmanent to Dr Juneja and his staff that so many in the community came out in support of our campaign to keep the surgery open. I welcome the news that a permanent agreement has now been reached which secures the surgery’s continuing presence in Strood, and I would like to take this opportunity to wish Dr Juneja, his staff and all of his patients the very best for the future.”


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One response to “Victory! Conservative councillors and MP help secure future of Marlowe Park surgery

  1. Dear Mark,
    Marlowe Park Surgery successfully completes first year on the 30th of June 2013 after having been granted a permanent GMS Contract with the help of massive support from yourself, Cllrs Avey,Iles,Baker, Dr Thallon and our wonderful patients. I would also like to thank Cllr Igwe who supported us actively in the Medway Council.

    Some of our achievements in the last 12 months are listed below:

    -Marlowe Park recovered it’s list size that had fallen to 2960 and is at an all time high of 3576 patients with more joining the Practice every week.
    The Surgery had a funding cut with removal of MPIG as part of Contract renegotiation which resulted in a loss of almost 28000 p.a and has reduced locum hours but compensated with extra slots for patients by opening early almost every working day though it is paid only for 45 mins early opening on two days.
    – Phlebotomy has become an integral service for our patients since, after faltering initially, we decided to train our own staff member who has proved to be a very conscientious worker
    The result is high patient accessibility and satisfaction levels
    – The Surgery was awarded the Green Surgery Silver Award for Energy saving changes in 2012.
    – In the 9 months that ensued from the 1st of July 2012, the Practice achieved a record high of quality framework achievement of 98.5%
    – We are now looking forward to an Obesity pilot in collaboration with the Medway Public Health Team and initial training has taken place.
    -Hopefully, within the next 3 months, patients will have the facility of getting their prescriptions in their chosen pharmacies as the process of switching to electronic prescribing has begun for Marlowe Park.
    I would like to express my sincere thanks on behalf of my staff and patients for your unrelenting support to the Surgery and the local Community.

    Warm regards and best wishes.

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