West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is demanding local Health chiefs come clean about their plans for West Lancashire Health Centre.
On 06 June 2012 Rosie released a statement seeking clarification over the future of the West Lancashire Health Centre based at the Ormskirk Hospital site, because she had received information that the GP list was closed to new patients and some of the rooms had been made into offices.
The press and public were assured that the centre was safe and that the list was closed temporarily for administrative reasons by the Health Centre.
Within a couple of weeks of that assurance, Rosie has since learnt that the Health Centre Board is now writing to Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust to once again close its list to new patients. The effect of this change is the loss of the GP-registered services which operates appointments as an ordinary GP practice would do.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I am absolutely furious at the behaviour of the people running the West Lancashire Health Centre. For them to think it is acceptable to treat people and patients in this way is simply unacceptable.
“Just a few weeks ago they claimed the registered GP service had only temporarily closed its list to new patients. Now I understand that the Health Centre is seeking to close its list again, this time permanently.
“In my eyes the move to close the registered GP list at a self-styled GP-led Health Centre completely changes the nature of the health centre. This is not what I fought to secure, this is not what was promised when the centre opened in December 2009. Nor what is in the five year contract.
“There has been no consultation with the patients, there has been no consultation with residents. If the proper process isn’t followed then we could end up with a judicial review on our hands.
“It is clear that I caught them out trying to change the nature of the Health centre by stealth, trying to make these decisions in secret until I blew the whistle. I think it is time for Health Chiefs running the West Lancashire Health Centre to honour their five year contract or begin the consultation with patients and the public about what is a change to the services they have come to expect.
This is not a good start in the run up to the new Commissioning Groups starting in April 2013.