NORTH Shropshire MP Helen Morgan says there is still ‘much more’ to be done to close the gap on health inequalities in Whitchurch.

She made the call after she spent time overseeing the new-build medical facility – called Clayton Health Centre – at Pauls Moss in Dodington, which will improve provision in the town.

Mrs Morgan visited the site with Dr Gary Branfield of Churchmere Medical Practice, Jody Dennis and Dr Tim Lyttle from the Primary Care Network, as well as site manager Richard Williams.

The visit came after also spending time with organisers and volunteers at the Whitchurch Foodbank and Mrs Morgan said more had to be done to support health services during the cost-of-living crisis.


“Access to GPs and health services in Shropshire is plainly not good enough,” she said.

“It is good to see plans progressing for a modern facility in Whitchurch at Pauls Moss which should help residents in the town get the medical care that they need in the right setting.

“Beforehand, we stopped by Whitchurch Foodbank to hear more about Primary Care Network plans to improve access for those most in need, and to see the local operation up close.

“In a cost-of-living crisis there is so much work to be done on stopping those healthcare inequalities from widening.

“Thanks to Dr Branfield, Dr Lyttle, Jody and Richard for taking me around and for being generous with their time.”

The £19 million scheme was given the green light back in 2019, aimed at providing Whitchurch with more modern health and care services as well as a combined housing and care scheme for the over 55s.