‘Sign up to call for medical centre upgrade’

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Patients calling for NHS funding to upgrade Old Leake Medical Centre can now sign a petition set up against funding being ‘halted’.

The Patient Practice Group have put the petition on their notice board in the centre.

They say the facility, built in the 1970s, is now inadequate and that patient numbers have risen by about 3,000 since it was built.

The petition is also available at the post offices in Wrangle, Butterwick, Friskney and Leverton.

The centre was recently invited by Boston Mayflower to be part of its rebuild of The Meadows elderly persons unit in the village.

A surgery could be put into the building– offering the ‘unique’ chance for the centre to upgraded its facilities, including car parking.

However, NHS England said funding across the whole of the country had been ‘paused’ until April 1, 2014.

Boston MP Mark Simmonds has taken up the fight, writing to Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt and speaking to Earl Howe at the Department of Health.