Last chance for Slaidburn Health Centre

Last chance for Slaidburn Health Centre

Last chance for Slaidburn Health Centre

First published in News

HEALTH professionals are being sent in to find a way to save a Ribble Valley health centre from closure.

Slaidburn Health Centre could be forced to close in the next few months after the NHS announced last year that it was removing the ‘Minimum Practice Income Guarantee’.

The rural practice relies on the funding from the guarantee and campaigners have said that the centre would have to close if it was removed.

NHS England has confirmed that the final funding decision will be taken by the Lancashire Area Team, which is connected to the national body.

The team has started a three-month consultation with patients and will inspect the practice’s finances before deciding its future. If the Townend surgery closes, more than 1,000 patients will face journeys of eight miles or more to see a GP in Clitheroe.

Residents have been campaigning against the closure since last summer and more than 2,000 people signed a petition which was presented to Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans when he visited the centre last year.

A spokeswoman for NHS England said: “NHS England is committed to making sure patients have access to high quality GP services wherever they live.

“This will result in fairer funding allocations for all GPs and no money will be taken away from GP services overall.

“The Lancashire Area Team is working with the practice to see how they can be supported.”

She said the decision would be made after a full assessment of all the local circumstances.

Deputy practice manager, Heather Harrison, said: “We were hoping to have a solution by now but this decision just makes it even harder to plan for the future.

“We are disappointed that this has happened because it just seems to be going on and on.”

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3:13pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Anthony Cooper says...

The phrase "8 miles or more" does not really make it clear that a round trip to Clitheroe from some of the more remote farms could be as much as 25 miles. The withdrawal of the Minimum Practice Income Guarantee sounds like another decision made by urban-based bureaucrats who have little understanding of the needs of sparsely populated rural areas.
The phrase "8 miles or more" does not really make it clear that a round trip to Clitheroe from some of the more remote farms could be as much as 25 miles. The withdrawal of the Minimum Practice Income Guarantee sounds like another decision made by urban-based bureaucrats who have little understanding of the needs of sparsely populated rural areas. Anthony Cooper
  • Score: 2

3:16pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Anthony Cooper says...

The phrase "more than 8 miles" does not indicate that the round trip to Clitheroe from some of the more remote farms could be as much as 25 miles. The removal of the Minimum Practice Income Guarantee sounds like another decision made by urban-based bureaucrats who have little understanding of the needs of sparsely populated rural areas.
The phrase "more than 8 miles" does not indicate that the round trip to Clitheroe from some of the more remote farms could be as much as 25 miles. The removal of the Minimum Practice Income Guarantee sounds like another decision made by urban-based bureaucrats who have little understanding of the needs of sparsely populated rural areas. Anthony Cooper
  • Score: 0

7:59pm Mon 27 Jan 14

mavrick says...

The NHS is for every one, remember that when the election comes around it is the Tory coalition that has taken away the funds, If you really feel that strongly about the practice, then protest to your MP and NHS England. maybe you should mention it at the lodge meeting.
The NHS is for every one, remember that when the election comes around it is the Tory coalition that has taken away the funds, If you really feel that strongly about the practice, then protest to your MP and NHS England. maybe you should mention it at the lodge meeting. mavrick
  • Score: 1

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