Bury’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) met on Wednesday (18 January 2017) to consider the outcome of its own ‘consultation’ on the future of our two Walk-In Centre (Bury and Prestwich).
The result of the public engagement undertaken included over 1,000 survey completed by residents:
90% thought that the Walk-In Centres serve a purpose not otherwise provided in Bury.
83.5% disagree or strongly disagree with a decision to not renew the Walk-In Centres.
The CCG recognised that the largest number of objections and concerns were regarding the Prestwich Walk-In Centre, rather than the Moorgate Centre. Only one petition was received by the CCG objecting to the closures, which had been organised by the local Lib Dems in Prestwich.
Our view, given in a statement by Group Leader Councillor Tim Pickstone on Wednesday was:
“Everyone knows there is a crisis in NHS emergency care and that our local A&E departments cannot cope with existing volumes. Everyone who I speak to tells me how difficult it is to get GP appointments.”
“By going ahead with the closing of the Prestwich and Bury Walk-In Centres, Bury CCG are not only ignoring the clearly stated views of local people in their own consultation, but they’re also ignoring common sense. With this decision we’re not just losing two much loved and well used local services, we’re making our local A&Es worse.”
You can read the full report of the CCG here.