Essential to provide services for rural areas

Before I moved to Scarborough in 2008 I lived in Ludlow. I joined a group going to Westminster to petition against closing Ludlow Hospital, a small GP run establishment. It is now being rebuilt.

There are similar problems here. Both Whitby and Bridlington hospitals are vital for their towns. Years ago I remember it was impossible to leave Whitby because of snow. The local GPs coped with an appendix.

Weather still can prevent patients being moved. A friend of mine seven years ago was in labour, but it could not be dealt with in Ludlow. Her husband had to drive her, in agony, to Shrewsbury. Death in childbirth was expected.

It is important that these rural areas maintain the ability to cope in adversity.

Miss A Aveyard