THERE has been an outpouring of support for a former Barrow GP after he voiced his approval for a new hospitals programme.

Dr Geoff Jolliffe, who is the chair of the Morecambe Bay CCG, has shown his support for the New Hospitals Programme, which he sits on the clinical oversight group for.

The Lancashire and South Cumbria New Hospitals Programme is part of the Government’s commitment to build 40 new hospitals by 2030.

This along with eight existing schemes means that 48 hospitals will be built in England over the next decade, the biggest hospital building programme in a generation.

Been there an dunnit all said: "It's only a great idea if it's built in your area."

Publicists said: "In Cumbria, there are 700 vacancies in adult care, not helped by the Government insisting on all care home staff being doubled jabbed.

"On top of that, the minimum wage salary of a care home worker does not encourage anyone to apply for such vacancies.

"All this bed blocking has a knock on effect on every other department thus creating a government made crisis in the NHS.

"Its all part of the plan to privatise the NHS once the NHS cannot cope any more and sadly that day is getting closer."

Musicman70 said: "He's been a dedicated GP in Barrow for many years, realistically he never had to stay in Barrow, he could live in a much more affluent area but clearly felt passionate about general practice.

"He was the driving power behind the "super surgery", which I am sure has had a positive impact on the Barrow Community."

Sunflower 10 said: "Dr Jolliffe has been the most decent, caring GP.

"Now he has retired he deserves a medal for all his dedication - a true hero, a wonderful man - thank you.