Jarrow MP: Join our rally to save doomed walk-in centre

RALLYING CALL ... Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn.
RALLYING CALL ... Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn.

JARROW MP Stephen Hepburn is urging people to join a rally aimed at saving a popular health centre.

Mr Hepburn hopes people will attend a rally to save Jarrow Walk-In Centre on Saturday, March 28, from 11am.

It is vitally important that we fight to retain this world-class service in Jarrow.

Stephen Hepburn MP

The event, which has been organised the by South Tyneside Public Service Alliance (PSA), will be held outside Jarrow Town Hall in a bid to save the doomed centre, which sees up to 27,000 patients annually.

The Labour MP said: “It is vitally important that we fight to retain this world-class service in Jarrow.

“I hope as many people as possible can come along to show the Government how much we value our NHS.”

The South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) made the decision to close the centre and relocate services to a new urgent care hub at South Tyneside District Hospital in South Shields, last November.

Health bosses have said the hub, which is set to open in October, would see up to £2m saved annually.

Anti-closure campaigners feel the people of Jarrow and Hebburn are being left without an adequate service.

Campaigners were dealt with a further blow last week after they were informed Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt would not be carrying out a review into the closure,

The Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) – which assesses all calls for reviews – ruled that the closure plan is not suitable for a full review by Mr Hunt.

It said it is satisfied that, if the six recommendations outlined by the CCG’s consultation are put in place within a suitable timescale, then all parties involved should be “confident that local primary health services capacity in Jarrow and Hebburn is sufficient to mitigate for the change”.

n In yesterday’s Gazette, the date of the rally was incorrectly stated as March 21.

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