West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed the news that West Lancashire Health Centre will remain open but is disappointed by the decision to close the GP-Registered list.
MP Rosie travelled to Nelson to attend the Board Meeting of NHS Lancashire to ensure that West Lancashire residents’ voices were heard ahead of the final decision being taken.
Prior to the meeting Rosie also tabled 11 questions to challenge the Primary Care Trust over their recommendation to the close the GP-Registered List. This service provides patients with the opportunity to make an appointment to see a GP.
During the meeting Rosie Cooper MP challenged the Board over the lack of any Board members being from West Lancashire and making decisions about our local health services.
Following the meeting MP Rosie said:
“I am delighted that West Lancashire residents will still be able to drop into the West Lancashire Health Centre, which is a fantastic service, especially around urgent care and minor injuries.
“It is important for residents to know that this decision does not stop anyone from walking through the door and seeing a GP without an appointment; even if they are registered elsewhere. My message to residents is to keep using the centre.
“From the outset, the whole situation surrounding the future of the GP-Registered list has been handled disgracefully.
“Plans to close the GP list only came to light after I received an anonymous letter and spoke out. I was told I was wrong and it was only a temporary closure of the list. Within weeks a permanent closure of the list was proposed, to which I demanded proper consultation with patients and the public.
“When making the final decision the patients were consulted but clearly not listened to as those responding to the consultation wanted to remain registered with the GP at West Lancashire Health Centre.
“Despite all the protests from Health Managers it proves the anonymous letter was correct about the efforts of West Lancashire Health Partnership to close this service.
“In April West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group will be taking over responsibility for health service commissioning from the Primary Care Trust. I hope they will learn from this episode that I will not accept nor allow decisions on the future of public services being taken in secret, hoping no-one will find out until it is too late.”
Rosie Cooper reminds residents that West Lancashire Health Centre remains open from 8am to 8pm to walk-in and see a doctor. MP Rosie encourages everyone to keep using this very valuable service.