Hale Village GP Surgery Could Close
Plans to close Hale Village GP surgery have incensed patients and politicians.
Halton MP Derek Twigg is seeking urgent talks with Halton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) over the future of the practice.
Mr Twigg said “I am clearly opposed to the closing of the surgery in Hale Village which is very important to my constituents who use it.
“Hale Village is quite isolated compared to the rest of Halton and also has a sizeable elderly population and not everybody has access to a car.
“It is important that the Clinical Commissioning Group take steps to secure the future of the GP surgery in the village and I will be working very closely with Hale Village councillor Mike Wharton.
“There is a national shortage of GPs and there is increasing pressure on general practice.
"It is a matter I have raised a number of times in Parliament and will continue to do so.”
Halton Cllr Wharton added: “Surely it is the responsibility of the CCG to ensure we are able to receive and access healthcare within a reasonable distance from where we live.
“We have seen the closure of the access centre in Halebank and now we are hearing that our surgery in Hale is to close.
“This is completely unacceptable and it is vital that Halton CCG treat this as a matter of urgency and consider ways to ensure that Hale residents receive the quality healthcare they need and that they can readily access.”
Halton CCG has been asked for a comment.
Item source Barbara Jordan