Criticism of Bradford walk-in closure plans

The Shadow Health Secretary has criticised plans to close an NHS walk-in centre in Bradford.

The Hillside Bridge health centre in Barkerend, opened by then Health Secretary Alan Johnson in 2008, was the first of its kind in the country, but it could now face the axe.

Closing popular and successful NHS Walk-in Centres leaves worried patients with no alternative but to turn to A&E. Now A&E units up and down the country are reaching breaking point – with a million extra visitors in the last year and over one thousand nursing jobs axed in Yorkshire alone.

GP surgeries are starting to shut their doors earlier too. David Cameron promised patients would be able to get evening appointments, but things are heading in the opposite direction.

– Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Health Secretary

He added:

The Government has thrown the NHS into chaos by cutting NHS spending in its first year and wasting billions on an unnecessary back-office restructure that’s costing Yorkshire £350m.

David Cameron needs to stop this attack on the front-line – patients must be put first.

– Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Health Secretary