Patients of Trinity Medical Centre on Croydon Road are being notified that the surgery will close in a few months.
Trinity Medical Centre is a popular local GP practice in the centre of Penge. The building is privately owned and leased to the NHS for use as a GP surgery. When the former GPs retired, they decided to sell the building and, despite efforts by the NHS to find another location, none could be found.
Patients will be contacted and supported to move to one of the other GP practices in and near Penge. This has led to concerns about capacity at already busy surgeries and increased travel times, which can present real problems to those with disabilities or long-term health conditions.
Bromley's Conservative council have stood by as this service closes down. However, Labour Councillors believe the council can and should act to preserve this vital community infrastructure. In their budget proposals for Bromley Council, presented on 24 February, Labour councillors proposed that Bromley Council use available investment funds to buy the building and keep the surgery open.
Councillor Simon Jeal (Labour Lead on Adult Care & Health) said:
“This surgery sits right at the heart of Penge and will be greatly missed.
Instead of sitting by, Bromley Tories should use their significant property investments to benefit our community.
“It is perverse for Bromley Tories to invest resident’s money in land occupied by fast food outlets such as McDonalds in Southampton whilst refusing to invest in a local GP facility. Buying the building would provide a substantial rental income for the council at the same time as adding social value for residents.
Where is the ethical justification? The council is making money out of the sale of burgers and fries which adds to the obesity crisis but won’t invest to prevent local GP surgeries from closing. We know other GP practices are also at risk – how many more here will close before the council steps in?”