Mid-Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham has welcomed the Minister of State at the Department for Health, Alistair Burt, to Belper.
Mr Burt met with health practitioners and toured SureScreen Laboratories before attending an evening reception at the Morley Retreat, alongside Mrs Latham.
The visit came after the Mid-Derbyshire MP invited the Minister for Community and Social Care to visit Mid-Derbyshire in the House of Commons.
The aim was to meet with local GP surgeries who were looking to expand their services but were having problems with their Clinical Commissioning Groups.
After a brief tour from Dr H Kinsella, Senior Partner at Whitemoor Medical Practice, Mrs Latham and Mr Burt sat down with local GPs and health representatives from across the region to discuss all things health.
They also discussed problems they were coming across when looking to expand services.
They visited the SureScreen Laboratories at Morley Retreat where they were welcomed by Jim Campbell, the company’s chief scientific officer.
He gave a tour of the site and discussed operations at the family-run health diagnostics company.
After the visits there was a reception at Morley Retreat, hosted by Mrs Latham and attended by a number of local health practitioners, businesses and members of the community.
Speaking after the visit Mrs Latham expressed her thanks.
She said: “I am very grateful to the minister for visiting Mid-Derbyshire and meeting with the many GPs who live and work here.
“I think the face-to-face time the visit afforded the excellent practices who have had trouble expanding their services was highly valuable in getting their message across.
“I am also very happy the minister and I got to visit SureScreen Laboratories.
“They are an outstanding company who provide a brilliant healthcare service.”