Hundreds sign petition

Ilkeston walk in medical centre, Ilkeston hospital.
Ilkeston walk in medical centre, Ilkeston hospital.

More than 1,000 people – including one of Ilkesotn’s most famous sons – have signed a petition against the closure of a GP surgery and walk-in centre in Ilkeston

On Tuesday a total of 540 people had signed the online petition, started by Ilkeston resident Amanda Jackso, and a further 500 had signed paper copies distributed around town.

One copy of the petition was passed to actor Robert Lindsay, who has added his support to the campaign in his hometown.

“I think it shows the importance of the facility,” said Ms Jackson.

“It’s quite clear that this is the wrong decision.

“This is something that the public wants.”

Two weeks ago we revealed plans by NHS Derbyshire County to close the walk-in centre based at Ilkeston Community Hospital in Heanor Road.

NHS bosses have said it is because the facility is ‘underused’ .

A total of 1,548 patients will now be forced to re-register with other surgeries after the planned closure of the Ilkeston Family Practice, based in the same building.

Both are due to close for good at the end of February.

Angry residents are expected to pack out a public meeting on the plans at The Arena in Rutland Street at 7pm this Tuesday.

The meeting has been organised by NHS bosses who will face questions by members of the public.

“We are hoping for a good turnout at the public meeting although the timing of it is not ideal, this close to Christmas,” said Ms Jackson.

“And we hope our MP Jessica Lee is going to attend to see the public outcry.”

A second meeting is planned in early January.

The Save Ilkeston GP campaign now has a new website at www.saveilkestongp.co.uk.

The reaction to the plans was so great this week, we have made an extra letters page to show just a taste of what you had to say on the issue.

Turn to pages eight and nine to read letters from readers about the closures.