One of the recurring concerns of this area, it seems, is how infrastructure and services can keep up with the pace of population growth.
If it is broadly accepted that we are not yet building enough houses in this country, and presumably in this area too, then more homes will only be desirable if the associated schools, doctors’ surgeries, roads, council services and other infrastructure is in place to accommodate them.
But at Harleston, we are actually seeing a midwifery service being taken away from its local base. That’s bad for families. Yes, the services are provided elsewhere, but now at the expense of petrol and extra time.
It is good that the Harleston Medical Practice wants to expand to the ‘health centre’ model like at Diss and Long Stratton.
But that requires investment from the NHS centrally.
Look at the hoops Diss Health Centre has had to jump through just to get a simple extension to its facilities. After ten years, this has still not happened.
That’s why this newspaper is not confident Harleston will see a midwifery service return any time soon. We would love to be proved wrong.