Petition presented in fight to keep a GP surgery in Hopton

Nearly 50 people came to meet Matthew Hancock to hand over a petition of more than 1,300 signatures calling on the NHS Executive to keep a GP surgery in Hopton ANL-150704-153240001
Nearly 50 people came to meet Matthew Hancock to hand over a petition of more than 1,300 signatures calling on the NHS Executive to keep a GP surgery in Hopton ANL-150704-153240001

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’.