Chloe Smith
MP for Norwich North

Campaign for extra dental and GP practices update

Author: Chloe Smith, Updated: 03 February 2021 11:43

I took my campaign further for extra dental and GP practices recently, by meeting with the Chair of the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.

In this meeting, I made clear the concerns that some constituents have raised about getting dental and GP appointments in our area, and the need for more of both practices when large new developments are built.  

This was important before the pandemic, and is important for the future as we recover after it.  Before coronavirus, there has already been a programme to recruit more GPs and increase the number of appointments available, and since the virus, I know the surgeries are seeing patients in new ways and working incredibly hard to get back to normal.

So I will work with the local and national health authorities, and in Parliament, to support the right NHS investment for north Norwich.

I’m doing this because people need to be able to get appointments at the doctor or the dentist, now and in the future, and it is sensible to take this moment to think ahead about how this works with new homes too. I am campaigning on this because I believe in building more homes for people and in a strong NHS. I wrote to the Housing Secretary urging him to ensure the right healthcare facilities are built for new homes, as part of his Planning for the Future reforms, and I will work to get this right.

If this issue is affecting you, please do email me on