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Front-line Health Services (Haverhill)

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

Haverhill is the most rapidly expanding town in Suffolk and is served admirably by the three general practice surgeries located there. The GPs are valued and cherished as well as being highly productive, and they are held in great professional esteem by the local community. The proposal to cut funding to Haverhill GP practices will inevitably lead to job losses and have a devastating effect on front-line patient care, and it is wholly unacceptable. Ten thousand people have signed the petition acknowledging the injustice of the proposal and the lack of fairness to the people of Haverhill and their health needs.

The petition states:

The Petition of residents of Haverhill,

Declares that Haverhill doctors are united against plans to cut funding for the towns frontline health services by over £300,000.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Department of Health to instruct Suffolk Primary Care Trust to reconsider the reduction in funding to Haverhill GP practices.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.