Anna Hits Out at Proposals to Close Eston and Redcar NHS Walk-In Centres

Anna Turley, Labour and Co-Operative Parliamentary Candidate for Redcar, today (11th August 2014) expressed deep concern that a South Tees NHS consultation is underway into potentially decommissioning walk-in centres in the Redcar constituency.
Anna said:
"These proposals are further evidence that NHS services in our area are under serious threat due to the disastrous top-down reorganisation imposed by this government which was voted for by our local Lib Dem MP. This document is consulting on whether to decommission the Langbaurgh Walk In Centre in Redcar - despite the fact that 36% of its patients live in areas with no alternative practices. It also asks whether there is sufficient capacity in the area if the Eston Grange Walk-In Centre was to close. Yet they admit that over half their patients (50.4%) in this centre also come from areas with no alternative practices, including Grangetown, Normanby and Eston.
"The closure of two vital walk-in centres in this area would be disastrous and would lead to further pressure on other services - all while we have seen GP waiting times rocket and A&Es stretched to the limit. While NHS bureaucrats will say these are just proposals for consultation, we have been here before with closures in Skelton and Park End and seen local people totally ignored.
"Only Labour will protect the NHS. I urge all local residents to respond to the consultation to fight for our local services."

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