Posted Saturday, 18 April 2015 at 06:53
Dawn, the Greensands GP practice manager. It took almost fifteen minutes to park my car.
This morning I returned to the doctors’ surgeries in Houghton Close during the dangerous hour at midday. This is the time parents arrive to collect children from the Jack and Jill nursery, which is situated in the middle of a complex of Drs’ surgeries, an ambulance station, fire station and just off Oliver Street, which leads to the landfill site.
It was mayhem. I felt so unsafe driving in the midst of so many cars in such a tight space, I grounded my car up on the verge while I went into the surgery for the practice manager.
On my way in an elderly gentleman wound down his window and thanked me for the petition I have launched to secure funding for a new car park and he also said this;
'I have to bring my wife here every week and it worries me if we can't have the first appointment of the day, because I need to park near to the surgery for her.'
As I watched him drive away, he was in a log jam of cars with an ambulance heading straight into the middle. It terrifies me that one day there will be a mishap worse than the car that drove into the GPs’ windows and that, next time, someone will be hurt.
If I am re-elected, one of my first priorities will be to present the petition from all three surgeries to both CBC and Parliament and to lobby NHS England to return some of the money they have kept, which should be for primary care in Ampthill and to secure safer and better car parking in Houghton Close. Then, maybe, the elderly gentleman will be able to keep his weekly appointment in the knowledge that he can transport his wife to the surgery without risk or worry.
Nadine Dorries MP
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
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