Health centres in Burntwood ‘under considerable stress’

Health centres in Burntwood are “under considerable stress” according to a new report.

Plans for a combined site have stalled and local county councillor Sue Woodward claimed earlier this year that residents were being “left in the dark”.

Now a report to Lichfield District Council has revealed there is still no movement on the project.

“The health overview and scrutiny committee received an update on the progress of the Burntwood Health Centres and it was reported that there had been no real change,” the report said.

“It was reported that discussions were continuing with the practices which had an interest in a health centre at Greenwood House site.

“Members noted that the current practices were under considerable stress and urgent action was required to remedy this situation.”

The temporary Burntwood Health and Wellbeing Centre

The temporary Burntwood Health and Wellbeing Centre

With the delays on the construction of a new health centre, talks are now taking place with NHS England over an extension of the lease on the temporary Health and Wellbeing Centre at Burntwood Leisure Centre.

The report added: “Unfortunately, progress on this development appears to have been hampered by the recent NHS reorganisation and ongoing pressure on NHS resources.”

The report will be discussed at a meeting of the Full Council on Tuesday (April 8).

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1 Comment

  1. Sue Woodward

    2nd April, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Having raised this issue at the Council on several occasions since the project was put on hold by the Government, I’m pleased that there is now cross-party support for getting the health centres that Burntwood has been promised. The health needs in the town are well-documented and we have been promised new primary care facilities for many years – but the more pressure that can be put on NHS England to deliver, the better.