Some things should be above party politics, and saving Corby's Urgent Care Centre is one of them.
We can argue until we're blue in the face about whose fault it is that yet again we're facing its threatened closure, but that's not going to solve anything. We need action, we need unity, and we need it NOW.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again - this is a VITAL service to the people of Corby and its villages.
Yes, I can remember life before it, and it wasn't good. Up in this corner of Northamptonshire, if you were ill after 5pm during the week or at any time at the weekend and you needed medical attention urgently, you had to get to Kettering General somehow.
Now, that was perhaps ok if somebody in the family had a car, or if you could ask a friend or neighbour to take you, because as we all know, public transport was (and still is) a bit 'hit and miss', especially if you're in the villages or countryside.
Speaking for myself and my family and friends, the Corby Urgent Care Centre is literally a life-saver. Without going into detail, I dread to think what could have happened to people I know had it not been there.
The staff are brilliant. They are caring, hard-working, professional and kind.
We know from previously issued statistics that the centre is coping with double the amount of patients than was originally planned.
The population of Corby, and indeed Northamptonshire, is growing at a tremendous rate.
Facilities at Kettering General are overstretched.
Taking these facts into account, put simply, I believe that closing Corby Urgent Care Centre would potentially put lives in this area at risk. This is unacceptable, I'm sure you'll agree.
Tom Pursglove, MP for Corby and East Northants, is working with Corby Borough Council and other stakeholders to try and sort this out. He wants to hear from people about their thoughts on Corby Urgent Care Centre - please e-mail him firstname.lastname@example.org asap. Thank you.