MP has promised to step over a row about the whether a new housing
estate being built near Leamington and Warwick should be barred from
having a pharmacy.
The government body
responsible for deciding where pharmacies should go has ignored the
recommendation from Warwickshire Health Authority that there should be
one at the new development at Heathcote.
By the end of the year 500
properties on the new estate will be occupied. About a quarter are
being built for use as social housing.
There are also 80 mobile homes
nearby at Heathcote Park on Harbury Lane.
Local authorities including
Whitnash and Warwick Town Councils, Warwick District Council and South
Warwickshire Community Health Council, all said that a pharmacy would
be needed in the area.
But the Family Health Services
Appeals Authority has now twice turned down the request.
Warwick and Leamington MP
James Plaskitt has now pledged to raise the issue with the Secretary
of Sate for Health Alan Milburn to query the decision.
”The new development has a
fully functioning doctor’s surgery and it makes sense to have a
chemist at hand.
”Not having such a
facility means that people are likely to use their cars for journeys
that could have been made by foot.
“I am raising my concerns
about the democratic deficit in the way in which such decisions are
“Local authorities have
all supported the need for a pharmacy but their views have not been
given sufficient weight.
am asking the minister about reviewing the means of determining