Norfolk

Council action in Terrington St John GP surgery row

Councillors intend to use a compulsory purchase order if necessary to stop a new Norfolk surgery being based in a scout hut.

First Health took over a practice from three partners in Terrington St John, near King's Lynn, earlier in the year.

The partners are now refusing to sell the premises to First Health because of a disagreement, meaning the practice is now operating out of a hut.

Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk said it wanted a solution soon.

The council, which voted on Thursday night, said it hoped the threat of a compulsory purchase order might prompt a solution.

So far negotiations between the parties have not led to an agreement.

Ian Ayres, NHS Norfolk's director of strategy and innovation, said he understood that patients were disappointed that the old practice premises were not in use.

"The building is owned by the previous practice which is an independent business and an agreement to buy or lease the building has not been possible at this stage," he said.

"I give my assurance that much is being done to normalise the situation in Terrington St John."

First Health were unavailable for comment.

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