Lichfield MP brands possible reduction in minor injuries unit opening hours as “totally unacceptable”

Proposals to reduce the opening hoursof the minor injuries unit Lichfield’s Samuel Johnson Community Hospital have been branded “totally unacceptable” by the city’s MP.

The Samuel Johnson Community Hospital

The Samuel Johnson Community Hospital

The local Clinical Commissioning Group has outlined the potential overnight closure of the facility due to the low number of people using it.

But Michael Fabricant MP says that already stretched GP services will bear the brunt of any backlash caused by changes to opening times.

“I have written to Dr John James and officials at the local Clinical Commissioning Group based in Tamworth telling them that a major reduction in the hours or closure of the minor injuries unit would be totally unacceptable,” he said.

Michael Fabricant MP

Michael Fabricant MP

“I explained that the minor injuries unit was well used at the old Victoria Hospital in Lichfield and continues to be an important resource at the Samuel Johnson Hospital which replaced it

“Closure of the minor injuries unit, or any major reduction in its opening hours, will result in more pressure at already busy GP practices in the area.”

Mr Fabricant says he is prepared to take a stand on the issue.

“Depending on the response to my letter, I may have to escalate this matter to Government Ministers at the Department of Health,” he explained.

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6 Comments

  1. Eric N Drinkwater

    11th September, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Does this mean Mr fabricant is opposing his governments Cost Cutting Mania?

  2. FiveSpiresLive

    11th September, 2015 at 11:50 am

    “I have called for an urgent meeting with health ministers and have asked for a detailed written explanation as to why the Health Centre proposal was rejected.”

    Michael Fabricant June 2014 re Burntwood Health Centre

  3. Atilla the Nun

    11th September, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Just watch, it’ll close and we’ll hear no more about it from old Fab. This will be another example of how Fabricant is full of hot air and doesn’t actually DO anything for Lichfield apart from turn up for photo calls in the Mercury when needed.

  4. Asellus aquaticus

    11th September, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    How would overnight closure of minor injuries units impact on GPs? They aren’t open overnight. Surely it would be A&E that would recieve the overflow?
    It’s still an argument for not reducing the hours, but wouldn’t it be better to use the right argument. Or am I missing something?

  5. Chris

    11th September, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Presumably his idea is that if Minor Injuries is closed at night, you don’t feel bad enough to get yourself to Burton or Sutton, then first thing in the morning you’ll be on the phone to your GP instead.
    Where you will get an engaged tone for 5 to 10 minutes before being told they have no more appointments left for that day, try again tomorrow or they can make you one for 3 weeks time.

  6. Atilla the Nun

    17th September, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Chris is correct, getting an urgent appointment at Greenhill is an exercise in futility. On the rare occasion I manage to get through, the receptionist is so fed up that you get a real sense that the centre is oversubscribed and there’s literally no spare capacity.