Bedford mayor calls for more GPs as patient numbers increase

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“The fight is still not over”

The mayor is leading the Liberal Democrats’ calls for better health facilities for Bedford residents.

Dave Hodgson is calling for a fair deal for Bedford borough after figures reveal patients per GP have increased by 18% since 2016 in the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes area.

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Meanwhile the number of GP surgeries in the East of England and the Midlands has decreased by 115 since 2019.

He said: “I’m very proud of the work we have done to save maternity and A&E services at Bedford Hospital and stopped the closure of Putnoe Walk-in Centre. These facilities provide vital services for residents and without them we would see even more pressure on our other medical practices.”

Last year it was announced Putnoe Walk-In Centre would remain open with the contract being extended to March 31, 2024.

He added: “The fight is still not over. Bedford borough needs more GPs – we have been saying this for years.”