Seema Malhotra MP, the MP for Feltham and Heston, has called for the Health Secretary Steve Barclay to support the rebuilding of “the rundown Heston Health Centre”.
The local clinic, which hosts four GP surgeries, was first built in the 1970s. The current building has been described by the chair of the Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group as unsuitable to deliver 21st-century primary care.
It was agreed in a 2015 meeting with the Department of Health that the health centre would be rebuilt, with the new building projected to be operational by 2021. However, in 2019, a change of Government policy meant that the funding the project relied on was no longer viable, while offering no new ways of funding Heston Health Centre’s redevelopment and similar projects.
The MP met with the Health Minister, civil servants and local GPs in early 2020 to discuss how the project could go forward.
Speaking in Parliament, the local MP asked about “the Government’s strategy on the rebuilding of rundown primary care facilities, not only to assist the recruitment and retention of GPs but to better facilitate the work taking place between GPs, pharmacies and other community healthcare services”.
Following the Health Secretary’s response, she will be writing to the local Integrated Care Board and following up with the Department for Health on how the project can move forward.