Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has spoken out against proposals to close an NHS walk in centre in Bradford.
The state of the art Hillside Bridge health centre in Barkerend, opened by then Labour Health Secretary Alan Johnson in 2008, was the first of its kind in the country, but it could now face the axe.
Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said:
“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.
“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.”