Saturday’s Southampton TUSC meeting voted unanimously to oppose the closure of the Bitterne Walk In centre. Over 40 attended the meeting urged on by a striking health worker to fight to save the NHS. One campaigner said, “The whole east of the city would vote to keep the Walk In open.”
TUSC campaigners reminded the meeting that we would have a chance to vote in 2015 and urged the meeting to back those who fought to keep the centre open. The meeting agreed to lobby the Labour dominated Health Scrutiny meeting on Thursday to hold Labour to their word in throwing this proposal out for good.
NO “TEMPORARY” CLOSURE
SAVE BITTERNE WALK-IN!
• no cuts, closures or job losses in the NHS
• scrap the Health & Social Care Act
• reverse all NHS privatisation, including GP services
• renationalise the NHS
Saturday 25 October, 2pm
Bitterne United Reformed Church
Bitterne Precinct (above Iceland)
organised by Southampton Trade Unionists & Socialist Coalition
The NHS have announced a 6 month ”temporary” closure of the Bitterne Walk In Centre. After trying to close it in 2010, we believe this is another attempt to close permanently a much used service.
Southampton CG responsible for running the BWIC say it is underused and the NHS faces staff shortages. They propose people should travel to the Minor Injuries Unit at the RSH in St Marys, phone NHS 111 or visit a pharmacist if you cant see your GP.
Is this acceptable? For many who have difficulty travelling into town it will remove a vital access to healthcare. With access to GPs still very difficult the Walk In remains an essential part of the local NHS.
In 2010 over 3000 people signed a petition to oppose the closure of the Bitterne Walk In Centre. We need to fight to ensure the voice of local people is heard again and the centre is saved.
We believe the real causes of this threat to local services is the funding cuts and privatisation of the NHS over recent years. If there are staff shortages then extra staff must be recruited immediately. If funds are short, then private contracts to companies like Care UK who run the RSH for profit, should be cancelled immediately and full funding to the NHS restored.