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Health watchdog opposes plans to close Lincoln walk-in centre

Plans to close the NHS walk-in centre have been opposed Credit: ITV News

Controversial plans to close an NHS walk-in centre in Lincoln have been opposed by a health watchdog.

Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group says shutting the unit would lead to a bigger focus on increasing out-of-hours GP appointments - but the idea has sparked protests from patient groups.

The council's Health Scrutiny committee today unanimously opposed the proposal saying there are not enough alternatives in place. The committee argued that if it is to be closed, an alternative should be up and running beforehand.

If the CCG plan goes ahead, the centre could close in the Autumn. The proposals will be considered further after the consultation period ends in the middle of August.

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