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Talks on revamp for Laindon Health Centre
THE firm behind the latest proposed revamp of the dilapidated Laindon Centre are set to meet with NHS bosses after calls to include the health centre in its plans.
Last week Malcolm Buckley, Basildon’s councillor responsible for regeneration, revealed the Sixties-built clinic would not be included in the longawaited rebuild of the site as it is owned separately by NHS England.
Now developers Bride Hall have arranged to meet with health centre bosses to discuss how a new clinic could be incorporated into the regeneration, which will include a mix of new homes and new shops.
Project director Will Rohleder said it was too early to say how the health centre would be financed as NHS England is short of resources.
He added: “There needs to be a discussion with the doctors themselves about what they want at the practice. Hopefully we can start to move things forward at the Laindon Centre.”
Pat Rackley, Independent Labour councillor for St Martin's ward and a Laindon Health Centre patient, said: “A new health centre would be the icing on the cake.
“We just can’t carry on without looking at the infrastructure.
“There have been a lot of new homes in Laindon and even more coming up, and those people are going to need doctors.
We have been waiting a long time for a brand new, spacious health centre.”
Ian Stidston, director of commissioning for NHS England in Essex, said: “NHS England is in very early stages of discussion with partner organisations regarding the potential redevelopment of Laindon Health Centre. A number of factors have to be considered, including a robust business case, affordability and sustainability.”
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