THE PROSPECTIVE parliamentary candidate for Harlow (Labour) Laura McAlpine has expressed her concerns over the closure of Osler House.

Ms McAlpine came into Harlow College to speak to a number of journalism students.

West Essex Clinical Commisioning Group (WECCG) sparked outrage over their shock decision to close the Potter Street GP Surgery, with many people critical of their lack of consultation with Harlow Council and local residents alike.

Harlow MP Robert Halfon recently wrote to the WECCG to request answers after meeting with the Harlow Common Residents Association last week.

He outlined his main concerns with the closure, and stated: ‘Why are residents being told that the surgery is being closed for financial reasons when the WECCG has received year on year funding increases, had a budget surplus of £7.6m for the year 2016/17 and is expected to have a further surplus in 2017/2018?’

Ms. McAlpine told the student reporters that she had met with the WECCG, and described the closure as ‘deeply deeply concerning’ but assured the town that the Labour Council are working hard to ensure that GP surgeries in Harlow remain open.

Journalists and Owen Jones have both shown support for Ms. McAlpine in her bid to be Harlow’s MP.

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