GP surgeries right across the country are under pressure. The NHS are simply failing to attract enough doctors into General Practice, which has put a huge strain on local services, forcing many surgeries to close. Stafford Place is not alone in being affected by these pressures and although everyone recognises that this is a national issue, it also has very real local implications. Central Ward residents and all those who live and work in the town centre already need more and improved facilities. To see any of the current provision for residents disappear is something I really cannot accept. Although the supply of GP services is administered by central government, I don’t think we can accept the difficulties it is causing in our local communities any longer and I hope everyone will support my campaign for enhanced services and support. I do intend to write to NHS England and ask for a solution to address the decline, while also insisting on a long term plan to increase services. In the meantime I would encourage all patients of Stafford Place surgery to have their say by becoming involved in the surgery’s proposed consultation about its future.