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Millom on-call doctor battle hots up

EFFORTS to get GPs to bring back Millom’s on-call doctor service have stepped up after a petition hit the streets.

PLEA Mayor Janice Brown at the Post Office in Millom with her petition to bring an on-call doctor back to the town Jonathan Humphries ref: S04633B

Councillors held a meeting with GPs at Millom’s only doctor’s surgery in Waterloo House last month to discuss the possibility of reintroducing an on-call doctor, but were told the service would remain the same.

Millom mayor Janice Brown has since launched a petition after introducing the idea at last month’s town council meeting.

Councillor Brown said at the meeting: “On March 4 we were invited to a meeting with practice doctors. It was not a good meeting.

“We were told that we could not have out-of-hours doctors, there was not enough cash.”

Since the service was dropped a number of years ago, Millom residents have had to use the Cumbria Health On Call Service, formerly Baycall, at Furness General Hospital in Barrow.

Although Cllr Fee Wilson stated “good points had been made on both sides” at the meeting, the council agreed to back a petition calling for the return of the on-call doctor service.

Cllr Brown added: “People now have to go to Barrow and it’s a long way.”

In February, Cllr Brown’s granddaughter, Amy Date, had to be taken 20 miles to see an out-of-hours doctor at FGH.

Amy, then aged nine months, had developed breathing difficulties and her parents had to make the drive to Barrow. Amy was kept in hospital for several days.

The petition is available at Millom post office in St George’s Road, Spoilt for Choice in Lapstone Road, the Health Food and Coffee Shop in St George’s Terrace, Ferguson’s in Wellington Street, Gaynor’s Farm Shop in Haverigg and Bargain Booze in Wellington Street.

Cllr Brown also hopes to put petitions in Millom Library and in The Paper Shop on Wellington Street.

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