This afternoon I went to meet with Laura Roberts, the Chief Executive of NHS Manchester, to discuss their plans to close Burnage Walk-in Centre. Burnage Lib Dem councillors John Cameron and Rod Isherwood joined me in objecting to the axing of the walk-in centre, and we were all very critical of the total lack of consultation, both with us as local politicians, but also (and more importantly) with the local Burnage community. It is simply not acceptable to axe a front line service without any consultation.
This is simply a cost-cutting measure, and is completely at odds with the Government’s claim that front line services will not be affected by cuts. Unfortunately we were given no assurances that the PCT would review the original decision, and they still intend to press ahead with the closure, despite the massive opposition.