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GP services under review in Hyndburn
9:00am Sunday 29th September 2013 in News
GP services in Hyndburn are ‘under review’ as health bosses look for ways to save cash.
Accrington doctor Fiona Ford said ‘difficult decisions’ will need to be made, with a popular GP walk-in centre likely to be involved in any cuts.
The unit at Accrington Victoria Hospital was overspent by £1 million last year, which had to be met from local health budgets, as doctors have consistently seen many more patients than originally planned.
Bosses have asked patients to give their views on accessing primary care in the borough, before making any decisions.
The walk-in centre was set up in 2009, offering patients the chance to see a GP without needing to make an appointment, but the current contract for the service ends in October 2014.
It has been included in the review by East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is also looking at GP appointments and unscheduled care services.
Dr Ford, who is also a CCG board member, said: “We have some difficult decisions to make about which services we commission in the coming months and want to ensure that our resources are used for the benefit of the people of East Lancashire.”
Pam Barton, cabinet member for health and communities at Hyndburn Council, said: “These local health services cost a considerable amount of money and health chiefs are indicating that savings need to be made.
“Evidence shows that services such as the walk-in service at Accrington Victoria Hospital are very popular, but this comes at a cost.
Health chiefs are considering whether improved GP and out-of-hours services might be able be able to compensate.”
Surveys are available from GP surgeries, libraries, council buildings and the walk-in centre itself. Or you can call 0800 0322424 or visit www.eastlancsccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/accrington-health-access-centre An event is also being held at Accrington Market Hall on October 12, between 10am and 2pm, where the public will be able to talk to health professionals about services.
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