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Minister and MP visit new health centre development in Lowestoft

Sean Perry of NHS Property Services with Oliver Letwin MP at the development site office

by Lisa Wright

Two Members of Parliament have heard about the benefits of linking health and social care services during a visit to a new facility in Lowestoft.

Oliver Letwin, Minister for Government Policy, and Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney, visited the Kirkley Rise development in Economy Road this month.

The health centre is due to be completed next year and the development is being overseen by NHS Property Services, which will become the landlord of the building.

The visit gave health and social care colleagues the chance to explain how they are working more closely together to provide local people with joined-up, easy-to-access services under one roof.

The visit was arranged for Mr Letwin, MP for West Dorset, after Mr Aldous toured the Kirkley Rise site earlier in the summer.

Mr Letwin said: “I am really grateful to Peter Aldous for inviting me to come and see what is going on in Lowestoft. It is enormously encouraging to see the various parts of the public sector working so closely together to join the dots together, so that people in the town get better services and better value for the taxpayer’s pound.

“This is exactly the sort of cooperation that the Government is backing around the country — and Suffolk is a shining example.”

Peter Aldous MP said: “It is very important that in future NHS organisations, such as HealthEast, and the councils work together to integrate health and social care services. In doing so, they will be able to offer people better and more easily accessible care, very often from under one roof. The Kirkley Rise development will offer a full range of such services to the people of Lowestoft and I’m grateful to HealthEast, Suffolk County Council and Waveney District Council for explaining how they are working so innovatively together.”