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96% say walk-in centre should be kept open

More than 9 out of 10 Dudley households say that Dudley’s local Walk-in Centre should be kept open according to a new survey.

The survey of hundreds of residents carried out by Dudley MP Ian Austin showed that 96 per cent wanted the centre kept open to meet local demand.

Three-quarters also said that they had difficulties booking a GP appointment, with many raising concerns that seeing a doctor could become even more difficult if services at Holly Hall were reduced.

Austin calling on local residents to sign a petition against the changes and call on health bosses to protect the centre in the ongoing consultation.

Ian Austin MP said:

“With three-quarters of local people telling me that they already find it hard to see a GP out-of-hours, it’s no surprise almost everyone who took part want their walk-in centre kept open.

“Just like everyone in Dudley, we’ve used the walk-in centre at Holly Hall when we’ve needed a doctor out-of-hours.

“Any change to local services has to make improving care and treating local people the top priority, but this consultation gives no guarantee that services will be maintained if the walk-in centre is closed.

“I want local people to sign our petition and send a clear message that they don’t want the centre closed.”


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