PATIENTS are confused as the future of plans to relocate a doctor’s surgery has been called into question.

Mount Chambers Surgery, in Coggeshall Road, Braintree, is set to move to the new Livewell health hub as part of the town centre regeneration scheme.

But rumours are now circulating that the move will no longer take place, leaving patients furious.

One patient, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I have been looking forward to the surgery moving for so long.

“But I heard that the long-awaited move now won’t be happening now at all, so what will happen to the surgery?”

Braintree Council said it has not been informed that the surgery has decided not to relocate and said the options remains open.

A spokesperson from Braintree Council said: “We understand that negotiations to move a local GP surgery into the new Livewell hub have not yet concluded.

“We continue to work with our partners in the NHS because we know how important modern GP facilities are to our residents.

“We remain committed to the Livewell hub – it will be a first-class health facility which will give thousands of residents access to a wide range of integrated health and wellbeing services which will extend beyond general practice.”

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The final decision on relocating lies with Mount Chambers surgery and the NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and discussions are taking place.

A spokesperson from Mid Essex CCG added: “We have nothing to add to the council’s statement at this stage and will share updates with Braintree residents when it’s possible to do so.”

The £30million Victoria Square development aims to modernise the town centre to bring more people into the centre, boost trade for existing local businesses, but also attract new businesses into Braintree.

The project will also include 70-bedroom Travelodge, a pharmacy, bus interchange, twin-level car park and retail units all built along Manor Street and part of Victoria Street.