Changes to our local NHS under the Tories threatens to close three GP Practices in Plymouth in a cost cutting exercise, including Cumberland Surgery in Devonport, St Barnabas in Stoke, and Hyde Park Surgery in Peverell.
NHS England has stated that they may find it impossible to renew contracts with these surgeries after March 2017.
Patients have told us that they are confused about the threatened closure, as they have built trusting long term relationships with their current doctors, and fear they may not find another doctor in the local area.
There is also the belief that the widespread support for the surgeries is being ignored at the ongoing consultation, and that the NHSE has already decided to close the surgeries.
Hyde Park surgery has over 2,500 local residents on its lists, and its closure would inevitably increase demand on other local surgeries. These are already under great pressure due to increasing demand for NHS services that lack the support of the Conservative government.