Councillor concerned over future of health services in Burntwood

A councillor in Burntwood has questioned where extra patients will go to see a GP when new homes are built in the town.

Cllr Diane Evans

Cllr Diane Evans

Cllr Diane Evans raised her concerns after it was revealed that plans for a new health centre had been axed.

However, with 370 new homes expected to be built off Milestone Way, Cllr Evans said local health services will come under increasing pressure.

“The current temporary facility has 3,000 patients on its books and it is anticipated that more people will need to register with a GP when the proposed homes are built,” she said.

“Where will these people go if the temporary NHS Health and Wellbeing Centre was to be removed?”

The Town Council had received assurances that the closure of hospitals at Hammerwich and St Matthews would be mitigated by the opening of a new health centre.

But a reorganisation of the NHS has seen the long-awaited project shelved.

However, the area’s MP Michael Fabricant has questioned whether the new health centre was ever a viable proposition.

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