AN MP is celebrating after winning a battle to stop local GP surgeries from using rip off phone numbers. In December, John Healey launched a campaign after he discovered that a third of doctors’ surgeries in Barnsley had 0844 or 0845 numbers – which can cost patients 40p per minute. Now, all the practices in Barnsley are in the process of axing the high rate numbers. John said: “It should not cost patients more to access what should be an open NHS service. When families are finding money is tight and everyone is trying to cut costs no one should be paying over the odds to get in touch with their doctor.”