Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, told a meeting over the future of rural GP practices that the answer was "quite simple".
He said: " What we need is a block grant to support small GP surgeries, unit by unit. There are only 50-60 surgeries in England, which need help, so the attractiveness to the government is that it is cheap."
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