Lorely Burt MP with Dr Patrick
Director of Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group.
Solihull Lib Dems and Lorely Burt MP
are campaigning to save our Walk-In Centre.
Following pressure from local Liberal Democrat MP Lorely Burt, Solihull
Clinical Commissioning Group has agreed to an independent consultation
on its plans to shake up Urgent Care services.
In a recent newspaper article Mrs Burt called for Healthwatch, a
healthcare watchdog, to run an independent consultation on plans to
merge Solihull’s Urgent Care services into a ‘one-stop shop’.
She also contacted Healthwatch to ask them to offer their services.
Dr Patrick Brooke, the Medical Director of Solihull Clinical
Commissioning Group, accepted Mrs Burt’s suggestion after meeting her.
Mrs Burt has long been campaigning on the issue, and her petition to
save Solihull Walk-In Centre gathered thousands of signatures.
Mrs Burt said, “I am pleased that senior doctors have accepted my
proposal. Local people in Solihull deserve a fair say in the future of
“Residents must be kept in the loop, and reassured that the future of
their Urgent Care services is safe.
“We’ve been fighting this for a long time now, with thousands signing my
petition to save the Walk-In Centre. I will continue to watch the
situation closely, and keep the pressure on to ensure my constituents
get the fair deal they deserve.”
Dr Brooke said, “I would like to reassure Lorely and the residents of
Solihull that we are deeply committed to engaging with them over the
future of the town's urgent care services.
“Healthwatch and patients have already been working with us on the
proposals and their views have helped shape our current urgent care
strategy. Healthwatch have offered to help us run the consultation and
we have accepted their offer. We want the people of Solihull to be aware
of the plans for urgent care in the borough, to feel that they are able
to influence them and to make their views known.
“Our plans for urgent care in Solihull are really exciting. We want to
replace the current fragmented provision of urgent care which offers
different solutions depending on what time of day you fall ill, with one
front door at Solihull Hospital which will open onto a minor injuries
unit, walk in primary care services, GP out of ours services and the
existing medical admissions unit. All the urgent care services currently
on offer in Solihull will be retained and in many cases they will be
“We will be putting our proposals on urgent care out to public
consultation in the New Year.”
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