A statement issued by Wirral Labour today says “NHS bosses appeared to reverse their decision to shut Eastham Walk-in centre telling Labour Councillors who called them to explain their actions that the measure is ‘temporary’.”
At yesterday’s meeting of the Council’s Adult Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee “The Labour Group had called the local Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to the town hall to explain their controversial and unpopular decision after council leader Phil Davies had demanded the NHS managers look again at the decision to shut this service.”
Labour Cllr Moira McLaughlin, who chaired the committee, said it was “important that the decision-makers are held to account”. Local Labour candidate James Bennett’s petition was reported to have reached almost 5,000 signatures.
Seacombe Ward Councillors are concerned that if the Eastham closure is not reversed it could set a precedent for further closures. Local medical centres are so heavily engaged that waiting lists can be alleviated when minor injuries can be dealt with at the Walk in Centre. Cllr Adrian Jones drew attention to the key role of Walk in Centres in identifying whether injuries needed to be transferred to the Accident & Emergency unit at Arrowe Park