Nearly 50 residents handed over a petition with more than 1,300 signatures calling on NHS bosses to keep a doctors’ surgery in Hopton.
They presented the petition to Matthew Hancock, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for West Suffolk, as part of their campaign - set up following uncertainty about the future of a surgery in the village.
The Hopton Surgery, in High Street, which is linked with the Stanton Surgery, is run by Dr Andrew Hassan and Partners from a private house.
He was due to retire this calendar year and a question mark hangs over proposals for a new surgery in the village.
Campaigners say that, without it, residents would be forced to travel to Stanton.
Carol Bull, who organised the petition hand-over, said those without a car would be reliant on rural buses which ‘isn’t going to be very easy’.
She added: “It’s important for the village.
“If you want to see villages be sustainable in the future, the more facilities they have the better for them.”
A group is being formed featuring community leaders from affected villages including Hopton, Barningham and Thelnetham and County Cllr Joanna Spicer is meeting the NHS Executive later this month.
Last week, a spokesman for NHS England East said ‘no final decisions have been made’.