Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans visited Slaidburn Health Centre to meet with patients who explained the problems they would encounter if it was to close.
They explained the need for local healthcare and the problems with accessing it if the nearest health centre was to be in Clitheroe.
Patients also raised the connected issue of the proposed reduction in the local bus service, announced last week. The proposed reduction to only two days – Tuesdays and Saturdays – would make accessing healthcare even more difficult and is yet another threat to already hard-hit rural communities.
A petition of 2,400 signatures supporting the campaign for additional funding for rural GP practices was presented to Mr Evans by Nicola McIntosh.
Slaidburn Health Centre also has 400 signatures on its e-petition and while there might be some duplication between the two petitions, they clearly demonstrate an incredible level of support from patients, the local community and visitors to the area for the practice which has only 1,040 patients.
On his return to Westminster, Mr Evans will make arrangements for a meeting he will hold with Dr Karen Massey and Ros Raughton, Director of Commissioning at NHS England.