Whitby’s MP and the Esk Valley’s doctors have expressed their disappointment after the government’s health ministersaid he will now not be able to meet with them on July 11.
The Whitby Gazette had set up a meeting with Esk Valley GPs and Norman Lamb who was due to visit Whitby Hospital and Botton near Danby, to hear their concerns about cuts to funding for their practices.
Whitby MP Robert Goodwill who has received 300 letters from concnered patients said Mr Lamb has to take part in an important debate in Westminster Hall.
He said: “He sent me a text saying he was really looking forward to it and that he is determined to re-arrange it as soon as practically possible. He is hoping before the end of July.
Mr Goodwill has now received a response to his letter to Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State, ina letter from Lord Howe, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Quality in the Department of Health. He said: “I have to say that I didn’t find the letter particularly helpful in that it suggests I write to head of NHS England Geoff Day. I have written to him but I am not giving up with the Secretary of State. It sounds a bit like buck passing to me without being too critical.”
Doctor Marcus van Dam from Danby surgery added: “It is disappointing he can’t make it.”