Petition submitted to NHS for new Hopton surgery

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

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Nearly 50 people were present as a petition with more than 1,300 signatures supporting a new GP surgery in Hopton was presented to Conservative parliamentary candidate Matthew Hancock.

The future of Hopton Surgery, in High Street, is uncertain, as reported in the Diss Express last week.

The practice is run from the home of Dr Andrew Hassan, who is due to retire.

The petition calls on NHS Executive to support the proposals to keep a surgery in the village, as part of the proposed Hopton South development, in the form of a new building.

County councillor Joanna Spicer, leading the campaign, said: “We want NHSE to recognise the distress and problems that would be caused if they failed to support a new surgery.”

A spokesperson for NHS England East said: “We are currently in discussions with the practice regarding the possible options when the current surgery closes to ensure that patients will continue to access to local high-quality GP services.”