AN Oxfordshire MP concerned about the lack of GP cover for families in the south of the county, called on the Prime Minister to help boost health services.

David Johnston, MP for Wantage and Didcot, asked the first question at Wednesday’s Prime Minister’s Questions. He asked Boris Johnson about the lack of new GP surgeries for the growing population.

Patients in Didcot have previously expressed their frustration over the lack of progress over getting a promised GP in Great Western Park, one of the new housing estates in the town.

Read more: Didcot residents 'frustrated' by the lack of progress over getting a GP surgery in GWP

In the House of Commons, Mr Johnston said: “By 2027, Didcot in my constituency will be 42 per cent larger than it was a decade earlier. Wantage and Grove will be 59 per cent larger.

“There are thousands more houses going in Wallingford, Faringdon and all the villages I represent, and not a single new GP surgery. Does my right honourable friend agree that where we build new houses, we have to build new infrastructure so that people can still access the services they need to?”

In his answer, the Prime Minister said: “Why we’re making record investments in the NHS and in schools and roads. As we can, Mr Speaker, thanks to the strong growth in our economy, and I’ll make sure that he gets a meeting with the relevant Minister to discuss his immediate local concerns.”


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