Sign surgery petition plea

PUBLISHED: 14:40 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:54 15 June 2010

FORMER civic leader Joanna Bull is urging Honiton residents to sign the Support Your Surgery petition.

FORMER civic leader Joanna Bull is urging Honiton residents to sign the Support Your Surgery petition.Petition sheets can be signed at Honiton Surgery, before Dr Beth McCarron-Nash takes them to Downing Street as part of a British Medical Association campaign.Mrs Bull, a former three times mayor of Honiton, is concerned commercial enterprise in the NHS and new poly-clinics could lead to the closure of some local health services."Ministers instructing primary care trusts to set up poly-clinics means commercial providers would be able to bid for these new centre, creating competition, satisfying shareholders and closing local services," she told the Herald."We would not be able to see the GP of our choice, ending continuity of care."In Honiton we have a brilliant team of caring GPs, treating us with respect, familiar with our case histories and taking into consideration lifestyle and family backgrounds. They treat the whole person, not a number on a computer."The surgery also provides a most efficient treatment centre with nurses and courteous and helpful administrative staff."Mrs Bull added: "People expect their surgeries to be within walking distance to where they live. When emergency strikes, help is at hand."So, come on all local organisations and residents who benefit from these excellent and caring services, sign the petition at the surgery before June 12."Sign the birthday card to the NHS, which is 60 years old, and, better still, start your own petition, before it's too late.

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