Campaigners are fighting to overturn a decision to end walk-in services at a Pinner doctors surgery.
They are campaigning to save the walk-in service at The Pinn Medical Centre in Love Lane after Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) announces its plan to change its walk-in services to appointment-only.
The CCG plans to create an appointment-only system at the surgery which follows on from similar transitions at other centres in Harrow.
Campaigners fear it will lead to patients using emergency services instead and have launched a petition which has gained more than 10,000 signatures.
Joanne Daswani, chairman of the Pinn Medical Centre Patients Association, said: “The CCG’s proposal makes no sense at all – everyone knows we should be trying to reduce pressure on A&E departments not increasing it.
“Surely with all parties promising to boost NHS funding it is madness now to introduce a proposal that threatens the closure of an essential service that directly benefits 40,000 patients a year in Harrow and beyond.”
Resident Ceri Anthony echoed those concerns. She said: “If the walk-in service Pinn closes Northwick Park A&E will be pushed to breaking point with non-emergency cases because patients have nowhere else to go. With resources so stretched someone who really is ill could end up losing a life.
“Until pharmacists can provide a more robust diagnostic role and prescribe medicines themselves it would be foolish and very dangerous to stop the walk-in.”
To view the petition visit thepinn.co.uk which has a direct link and more information.