During Oral Questions for the Department of Health and Social Care on Tuesday, North Wiltshire MP James Gray asked the Secretary of State for Health to help clear away any blockages so a new medical centre in Calne can be built as soon as possible.

Before the debate, Mr Gray said:

“I do very much support plans to build a new surgery in Silver Street in Calne to replace the surgery building in Patford Street. The existing surgery really has reached the end of its working life and does not live up to the requirements of modern medical science. There are plans in place to achieve planning permission and funding to build a brand-new surgery in Silver Street, which would provide the absolute first class service which my constituents in Calne deserve to have.”

In the House of Commons Chamber, Mr Gray added:

“A much-needed new medical centre at Calne in my constituency was approved by the NHS in 2021, but there have since been a number of blockages to do with covid and the contractors. Will the Secretary of State look into those problems to find out what the blockages are - I think they are largely bureaucratic - and clear them out of the way to give the people of Calne their much-needed new medical centre?”

​The Secretary of State for Health, Steve Barclay MP, replied that:

“I am very happy to look into that specific issue, which I know my hon. Friend has raised with the Department. I am happy to have further conversations with him.”