Before travelling down to London for the Queen’s Speech I went to meet some Burnage residents outside the Burnage Health Centre to support the campaign against closing the walk-in centre. Local people are very angry that the PCT have decided to close the walk-in centre without any proper consultation. The first I knew about it was when a constituent rang me. They only knew because they happened to go to the centre and were told about it by staff.
This is no way to treat patients and staff. Nor is it acceptable to try to make these cuts without letting people know what is happening and giving them a chance to object. I know that the Labour Government is desperate to avoid being portrayed as a party of cuts, but the PCT cannot simply cut services and hope that no one will notice.