I have written to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the Rt Hon Matt Hancock, in relation to a proposal to offer the Wrenthorpe Surgery building to the Wrenthorpe Community Association for a peppercorn rent. The Community Association could manage the building, provide minor repairs and keep it safe in exchange for a space for local events for all the community.
See my letter below:
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
The Rt Hon Matt Hancock
39 Victoria Street
30th November 2018
Dear Secretary of State,
I am writing to you in relation to the future of the local GP Surgery in Wrenthorpe.
As you might know following your meeting of 18th October with Cllr Nic Stansby, who represents the Wrenthorpe and Outwood West Ward in Wakefield Council, the GP Surgery in Wrenthorpe has recently closed, due to a decision of the providers, Outwood Park Medical Centre, endorsed by Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group.
The building, which is owned by NHS Property Services, is currently used only by a dental practice for a few days a week, but it is empty for most of the time. Wakefield CCG is still paying rent to NHS Property Services despite the building is not been used.
Cllr Stansby referred to me that following your meeting, you were interested in the idea of asking Wakefield CCG to allow the local Wrenthorpe Community Association to rent the building for a peppercorn rent as it is empty. In return, the Community Association would be responsible to keep the structure managed and safe and to do any reasonable repairing.
As you can imagine, renting an empty structure involves a considerable cost for Wakefield CCG. In addition to this leaving the building as it is would risk making it vulnerable to vandalism. Offering this space to the local residents in exchange for upkeeping and management would be the best thing to do for a community that has already suffered the closure of an important health service.
In the hope that you might consider this proposal, I would like to thank you for your recent visit to the Wakefield area.
Andrea Jenkyns MP