Closure of the Bitterne NHS Walk-In Centre
Plans to close the Bitterne NHS Walk-In Centre have been announced by the Government established Southampton Clinical Commissioning Group. I’d like to hear your views.
Why is the Bitterne NHS Walk-In Centre under threat?
The local NHS is under huge pressure from Government policies and cuts:
- In Southampton over £16 million was wasted on an NHS reorganisation that no one wanted; that’s more the ten times the money that would be saved by closing the Bitterne NHS Walk-In Centre!
- The number of people waiting for a long time at A&E at the General has doubled since 2010; more than one patient in ten waits over four hours to be seen.
- The NHS is short of nursing staff to look after older people at home
- Some GP practices can’t recruit doctors because of the financial and workload pressures on GPs
- Many patients find they wait a long time to see a GP
What is proposed?
The CCG wants to shut the Bitterne NHS Walk-In Centre and spend the money saved – about £1.4m – on community nurses to look after older people. It is hoped that fewer older people will have to go into hospital if they become ill. Roughly 20,000 patients a year who use the Bitterne NHS Walk-In Centre will lose their service.
There is a real crisis caused by central government policies. This leaves local health leaders facing difficult decisions.
I understand why they want to spend more on community nursing for older people. However:
- I am very concerned that we have not been given detailed information on the cost of the Bitterne NHS Walk-In Centre.
- There are no alternative proposals; for example to invest more money in enabling patients to see local GPs and nurses easily.
- We have not been told why money can’t be recovered from neighbouring health services whose patients use the Bitterne NHS Walk-In Centre.
If you have a few minutes, please complete this online survey.
This will let you give more details about your views. It will also let you back my call for the CCG to organise a public meeting to discuss their plans.
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