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: www.marloweparkmedicalcentre.nhs.uk
We will strive to live up to the expectations of our patients and the Commissioners.”
“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.”