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Walk-in centre faces becoming a casualty

“THE walk-in concept is yet another NHS re-organisation that is proving to be a costly white elephant.”

THE walk-in concept is yet another NHS re-organisation that is proving to be a costly white elephant.

Thats the message from Solihull Ratepayers Association who claim the boroughs walk-in health centre, on Lode Lane, is under threat of closure.

Secretary Trevor Eames said proposals to review the future of the clinic emerged at a council meeting on March 13, where it was claimed there had been a significant overspend.

He said: The centre was set up to deal with minor incidents that should have gone to A&E but people are discovering that if you cant get an appointment with your GP then you can get one at the walk-in centre.

Its not taking the pressure off doctors and we now have an NHS thats moving to be GP led.

It does provide a good service but effectively people are paying twice for a service that they should get from their doctor.

But Solihull MP Lorely Burt played down talks of a closure: The walk-in centre is very successful.

Patients whole-heartedly support it and as far as I am aware there is no immediate threat.

A spokesperson for Solihull Care Trust said: As part of our annual review of investments we are looking at primary care access through walk in centres / urgent care centres across Birmingham and Solihull.

A consultation and engagement plan is being developed to ensure there is opportunity for all key stakeholders to feed into the review.

 

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