Closure of the Walk-In Centre Consultation
On 28th June 2017, your Student Leader team attended the Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Public Consultation Drop-in Event to discuss the proposed closure of the Lincoln Walk-In Centre.
As addressed in our open letter to the Secretary of State for Health (found here) we believe that the Walk-In Centre is a vital service for the Student Body. At the meeting, we asked questions on your behalf to find out more about the consultation process and the reasons behind the proposed closure.
The questions we asked covered 3 main themes.
1. The timing of the closure
2. New proposals and contingency plans
3. Impact on students’ access to medical consultations
In response to these questions, CCG gave the following answers.
1. CCG denied any suggestions that the consultation was deliberately planned so that students couldn’t voice their objections, adding that they acknowledge that students are some of their main users, however cost implications meant that closure could not be postponed.
2. They acknowledge that University Health Centre provision is better, but still doesn’t meet the needs of students for emergency appointments. CCG said they need to learn more about student lifestyles and are looking at costing extension of GP services.
3. CCG wish to discourage using A&E (except in an emergency) and are looking into promotion of the 111 service which leads to the out of hours GP. They are also looking at drop-in sessions and possible Skype appointments.
Following this meeting, we have secured a further meeting with the CCG Consultation Team on 10th July to discuss students’ needs in more detail. If you have any specific questions you would like your student leader team to ask e-mail email@example.com
Due to a recent power failure, the Student Leader meeting with CCG has been rescheduled and will be taking place at 5pm on Monday 17th July. If you have any questions for the Student Leader team to ask of CCG, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org