The lack of health services available to people in Witham has been strongly criticised by politicians.

A shortfall in health provision means that residents routinely have to travel to other towns in the county to access services.

It means that people typically have to either drive or pay for public transport to use facilities like Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford.

Last month it was revealed that town’s only cancer clinic could be closed.

Speaking in Parliament, MP Priti Patel said: “Witham has a chronic lack of health care provision."

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