A leading cancer charity is cutting long-standing ties with Caterham and the surrounding area.
The Marie Curie hospice, in Harestone Drive, Caterham, provides support for terminally ill patients across Surrey, treating around 600 patients a year. Staff were told on Tuesday funding for the service would end in March.
East Surrey MP Peter Ainsworth said: "I very much regret Marie Curie's decision to sever its long-standing ties with Caterham. The concern is that, under the plans now being drawn up, patients will no longer have local access to specialist treatment and medicines.
"I recognise that, as an independent charity, Marie Curie is perfectly free to take its own decisions; however, I believe that they need to do a great deal more to convince local cancer sufferers and families that their plans are genuinely in the interests of our community."
Healthcare workers working for Marie Curie speaking to the Mirror off the record expressed grave concern that, despite assurances from Marie Curie that treatment of patients would continue in the community, care for those most in need could fall back on GPs who simply did not have the time, and in some cases the training, to provide the same level of care.