West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is calling on local health chiefs to come clean over allegations that West Lancashire Health Centre could be closed. Concerned constituents have contacted the MP to voice their concerns of a behind closed doors campaign to have the health centre closed.
The £3 million West Lancashire Health Centre was officially opened by Rosie in January 2010 offering drop-in GP services, minor injuries treatment plus an additional 11,700 dental places for local residents.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I am astounded and shocked that just two and half years since opening the Health Centre that there are rumours circulating that West Lancashire Health Centre could be closed. I have been told that the centre will no longer take patients on to its list and this has been approved by the remnants of the Primary Care Trust.
“Doctors providing this service and Health Chiefs need to come clean and tell the people of West Lancashire what is going on. We can’t have a situation like this with closure rumours circulating and people worried that they might be losing accessible, vital health services, in the centre of the constituency. We have been here before and I will not stand by nor accept this kind of behaviour, nor decisions being made in secret behind closed doors.
“I fought for several years to get the investment for the doors to open on the West Lancashire Health Centre. I will fight twice as hard to stop the health centre’s doors from closing or from its clinical nature being quietly changed.
“Speaking to residents across West Lancashire I know that they were delighted when the health centre opened and are really pleased with the quality of the facility so for there to be rumours that it will be closed are unacceptable to me and all the residents of West Lancashire.
“Is this just the beginning of how the Conservative-led Government’s new Health and Social Care Act will start to affect health services in West Lancashire?”