- Posted by: Valerie Vaz MP
- Category: News
Valerie has welcomed outcome of a consultation with local residents that Walsall Walk-in Centre will remain in the Town Centre until December 2015 but has called for this to be a permanent rather than an interim solution.
“I am pleased that Walsall CCG has responded to the views of local residents. Residents were clear that following the demolition of the existing building, the Walk-in Centre should remain in the Town Centre. People from across the Borough can easily get to the Town Centre. I have written to Walsall CCG to request a full break-down of responses.”
“ However, I am concerned that despite residents responding in favour of retaining the Walk-in Centre in the Town Centre, Walsall CCG has described this as only an ‘interim solution’. The long term vision of moving to a GP led urgent access centre at the A&E Department at the Manor Hospital means that the future of the Walk-in Centre in the Town Centre is uncertain. It is not clear why this should be the case when 48.5% of respondents were opposed to this long term plan and 9.8% were unsure.”
“In my view, the Walk-in Centre should be distinct from A&E at the Manor Hospital as it offers a different range of services and risks being subsumed under these long term plans. There is already an Emergency and Urgent Care Walk-in Centre at the Manor Hospital. A&E at the Manor is under pressure owing to the increase in patient numbers resulting from the overnight closure of A&E at Stafford Hospital.”
“Walsall CCG must find a permanent Town Centre site for the Walk-in Centre which will secure its long term future in the Town Centre and would benefit patients.”
A copy of the letter from Ms Salma Ali, Accountable Officer of Walsall CCG can be viewed here.