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Campaigners Angela Newton and George Scott who are fighting to save Spalding GP Surgery enlist help of South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes

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The people fighting the closure of Spalding GP Surgery have enlisted the help of MP Sir John Hayes.

Spalding councillor Angela Newton and frustrated patient George Scott are trying to rally support against the closure of the surgery at the Johnson Hospital.

Sir John has already written to the Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board, formerly the Clinical Commissioning Group, to call for the surgery to be expanded.

Coun Angela Newton is fighting the closure of Spalding GP Surgery
Coun Angela Newton is fighting the closure of Spalding GP Surgery

The ICB has already highlighted that small practices are likely to merge due to staffing and small lists of patients are hard to sustain due to funding.

In his letter Sir John points out that there are only two other surgeries in Spalding.

He said: “I already receive a high volume of correspondence from constituents who tell me they are unable to make appointments to see their GPs at these surgeries so surely this will exacerbate this problem.

George Scott is campaigning to keep Spalding GP Surgery
George Scott is campaigning to keep Spalding GP Surgery

“I am concerned that by putting more pressure on the existing surgeries this will lead to an increase in those seeking treatment at Accident and Emergency because they are unable to see their GP.

“Spalding and Pinchbeck both have large scale housing developments undergoing construction or planning applications submitted so, it seems short sighted to close an easily accessible surgery which may well be needed to accommodate the residents from these developments.”

He says the ‘fabulous facilities’ at Johnson Hospital are not used to their full potential.

Sir John Hayes (58448473)
Sir John Hayes (58448473)

Sir John’s letter to the ICB goes onto say: “I would be grateful if the decision to close Spalding GP Surgery could be reversed.

“Perhaps the ICB ought to look at expanding the GP surgery at Johnson community which would benefit the existing 3,000 patients and also take the pressure off the nearby surgeries.”

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