Campaign launches to save Welwyn Hatfield GP surgeries

PUBLISHED: 08:51 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:04 26 October 2009

The campaign website

The campaign website

A CAMPAIGN to stave off the possible closure of doctors' surgeries in Welwyn Hatfield is being launched today. MP Grant Shapps has set up Save My Surgery amid growing concerns that practices could be forced to shut, should a GP-led health centre open. The

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A CAMPAIGN to stave off the possible closure of doctors' surgeries in Welwyn Hatfield is being launched today.

MP Grant Shapps has set up Save My Surgery amid growing concerns that practices could be forced to shut, should a GP-led health centre open.

The Government is keen to open these so-called 'polyclinics' across the country including one in WGC, where it is likely to be combined with the local general hospital on the QE2 site.

Mr Shapps told the WHT: "It's a campaign launched in response to a letter I received from every GP in Welwyn Hatfield.

"They were concerned for the future of each of their own local surgeries, of which there are eight," said the MP, pictured.

"The concern is when these super-clinics open, naturally there aren't more people so you will end up with GP surgeries closing.

"I've already started receiving letters and emails on the subject, and I've set up a website to highlight the issue, and encourage people to express their concerns."

Mr Shapps added he would be sending out 'surgery packs' to all GPs in the borough, containing petition forms, explanatory leaflets to hand out to patients, and posters.

You can visit the website at www.savemysurgery.com

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