Rosie Cooper MP has slammed West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group for failing their Ormskirk patients after the ‘Spring Booster Programme’ is abandoned.
Across the country, the NHS have been rolling out their Spring Booster for over 75s, which in most places is provided by the local GPs. In Ormskirk however, the Primary Care Network, made up of local GPs, made the decision to opt out of providing this and instead the booster jab is supposed to be being offered by local pharmacy Aspire.
It appears that Aspire Pharmacy started to offer this service but stopped because they were said to be ‘overwhelmed’.
Aspire are now telling any over 75s to go to Burscough, Skelmersdale or other national sites that are further away.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“This is utterly ridiculous! The CCG have failed their elderly or immunocompromised Ormskirk patients, sitting idly by whilst the pharmacy, which were supposed to vaccinate them, decided it was too much work!
“For weeks now, my constituents in Ormskirk have been told that they have no options to get the Booster in Ormskirk and must travel to Burscough or beyond if they want to be fully protected against covid!
“Did the CCG not notice that there were no vaccinations available in Ormskirk, or didn’t they care?
“This means that some of my vulnerable constituents who may not be able to drive have been left with a choice - risk infection on public transport to get to Burscough, or go without the booster!
“I am appalled that this has been allowed to happen and have asked NHS England why a major town has been allowed to go without a vaccination centre for weeks without anyone sorting it out!
“We now have NHS England and Improvement, an Integrated Care System and a Clinical Commissioning Group and not one of them has resolved the problem – they just left patients to travel, or do without a booster vaccination. Simply disgraceful!”