Ex-Mayor keen to keep up battle for Haverhill’s health

Former  Mayor Cllr Betty McLatchy is aiming to raise funds for Haverhill's health services.
Former Mayor Cllr Betty McLatchy is aiming to raise funds for Haverhill's health services.

Outgoing Haverhill Mayor Councillor Betty McLatchy has vowed to continue her fight to allay the town’s health concerns.

There has been an increase of 5,000 residents in the town since the last population census took place in 2011.

Consequently, GPs have become overwhelmed by the demand for their services, not helped by the retirement of a number of doctors.

It is a situation that is a cause of concern for Cllr McLatchy, who has moved to ease some of the problems by raising £21,000 for a new ultrasound scanner, which is on order.

In addition, the head of imaging at West Suffolk Hospital, Nigel Beeton, has offered to run a clinic in Haverhill alongside his sonographers as an annexe to his diagnostic department.

“The problem is that doctors are being grossly outnumbered by patients,” said Cllr McLatchy.

“I am thrilled to have raised the funds for the ultrasound equipment. It is a big thing for Haverhill.

“People have to travel out of the area for that service at the moment, which costs £36 each time.

“Now, that money will be staying in Haverhill. That can only be a good thing.”

Due to the high number of inhabitants that will benefit from the new piece of equipment, it will need replacing every five to six years to ensure that the service is run to a high standard.

Cllr McLatchy, herself a retired nurse, is now determined to make sure that when that times comes, the funds will be available.

“I have not been able to raise as much money as normal because of the duties that come with being Mayor,” she added.

“Now, I plan to get back out there and raise as much as possible.

“We must support our GPS and the NHS. If we don’t, we will lose it.”