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People in Burntwood have been “badly let down” over local health services, according to Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for the area.
Chris Worsey said “broken promises” over the town’s new health centre were not acceptable.
The project was axed after the NHS confirmed funding would not be available. The new centre was designed to compensate for the closure of St Matthews and Hammerwich hospitals.
But an NHS reorganisation meant the money was no longer available.
Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant had questioned the viability of the proposed centre, but Labour’s Parliamentary hopeful Chris Worsey said locals were getting a raw deal.
“Patients and their families have been badly let down just when they need help the most and no-one is taking responsibility for what has happened,” he said.
“People struggling to get appointments and overworked A&E departments are a predictable result of the Tory government’s choice to cancel the new NHS centre in Burntwood. NHS staff do a magnificent job but these sort of broken promises make their job much harder.”
A petition against the decision not to fund the new health centre has been launched on the Burntwood Town Council website.