Demonstration tomorrow to ‘Save Bitterne Walk-In Centre’

Posted on November 12, 2010 by

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A demonstration will be held tomorrow morning over the proposed closure of the Bitterne NHS Walk-In Centre, with protesters concerned that Southampton’s GP services will become overstretched if the centre closes.

The local health authority is considering the Walk-In’s closure as one of many cost-saving measures as it cuts its budget, despite the NHS being theoretically ring fenced from the Coalition government’s cuts.  However, many local residents say that Southampton’s GP surgeries are already stretched to the limit even with the Walk-Ins to help relieve the pressure, and that by closing it the city’s healthcare services will not be able to cope.

Over 2000 concerned residents have already signed a petition against the potential closure, although the health authority is yet to make a final decision regarding the centre and has so far dismissed the protests.

Protesters will be meeting outside the  Walk-In at Commercial Road on Saturday at 11am, followed by a rally at Bitterne United Reformed Church at 12pm.  Organisers can be contacted at savebwi@gmail.com.

UPDATE:

We’ve received word that the Walk-In centre will NOT close, in the face of public pressure, but shorter opening hours are on the cards.  More details as soon as we know!

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