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NHS Commissioners Launch Consultation on Walk-In Centre Closure - Have Your Say Against the Plans!

July 13, 2018 1:13 PM

Putnoe Medical CentreMayor Dave Hodgson has launched a rallying cry for local people to have their say on the plans for the closure of Putnoe Walk-Centre, after NHS Commissioners launched a consultation on their proposals to close it in May next year.

In a statement on his Facebook page, Mayor Dave wrote:

"URGENT: Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has launched a consultation on its plan to close Putnoe Walk-In Centre.

It has cancelled its plan to provide a 'like-for-like' walk-in centre replacement at the former North Wing hospital site in Bedford, and instead is planning to close the walk-in centre altogether in May 2019, after first reducing its hours to 8am-2pm on weekdays and 8am-5pm on weekends from October.

The consultation runs only until August 19th, so PLEASE if you don't agree with the proposal to close the Putnoe Walk-In Centre, follow the link below and say so! Question 15, in particular, gives you the chance to give your verdict on the plans.

They say that the Walk-In Centre will be replaced by the new Urgent Treatment Centre at Bedford Hospital from October. But with Bedford Hospital A&E under massive pressure as it is, and the current walk-in centre seeing 35,000 patients a year, we need BOTH services. If you share this view, Question 14 of the survey provides a chance to say so.

I believe this is a clear reduction in services for local people, and encourage everyone who agrees to have your say.



You can also sign our Petition against the closure: