Rosie Cooper MP has called on the West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group to take steps to prevent further closures at the Skelmersdale Walk-In Centre. This comes after the clinic was closed on 30 October due to staff shortages.
This is not the first time West Lancashire MP Rosie has raised this issue with the Chief Officer of the CCG. In November of last year, the Walk-In Centre was also closed for the same reasons.
Rosie Cooper MP commented:
“Without a hospital in the town, the Skelmersdale Walk In centre is often the only option that residents have to get medical help, rather than waiting weeks for a GP appointment!
“It is simply unacceptable for it to be closed, even for a day. Patients were forced to choose between waiting until it re-opened or travelling to the Ormskirk Walk-In Centre. Unfortunately, for some people neither of these will have been possible!
“A lot of people do not drive, and with very poor public transport between Skelmersdale and Ormskirk, I was very concerned that people were forced to wait for the centre to reopen.
“The exact same issue arose last year, and I made the same points then! I appreciate the Health Service is under pressure and staff absences cannot be avoided, these risks have been known throughout the pandemic.
“The CCG must put a plan in place to ensure this clinic has no unnecessary down time! We cannot allow Skelmersdale residents health care to be forgotten.”