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MP fights to keep rural GPs at Hawkshead and Coniston
TWO petitions signed by more than 2,000 patients at under-threat rural surgeries have been handed in to the House of Commons.
They were presented by Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron on Tuesday as he continues his fight to prevent Coniston and Hawkshead residents losing their doctors GPs from both medical practices started a campaign to save their surgeries in September, after financial difficulties left them worried they could be forced to close within three years.
For Coniston this was largely due to the end of a government grant called MPIG (Minimum Practice Income Guarantee), which has affected surgeries around the country.
MP for the Ribble Valley, Nigel Evans, spoke on the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions.
David Cameron said he would look carefully at the issue. He said he wanted GPs to continue providing a wide range of services.
Mr Farron has since written a letter to the PM to further Mr Evans’ query.
He said: “I welcome that the Prime Minister will look at the situation, but we need him to actually get involved in the detail and not just listen to civil servants.
“Hundreds of people in South Lakeland rely on our GP practices. “People in Westmorland and in the Prime Minister's own constituency of Witney will gain if we can change this. “I hope he will do that. I will keep pushing on this and doing all I can to protect surgeries in our area.”
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