HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
SALFORD WALK IN CENTRE CONTROVERSY
 

Star date: 26th November 2010 

PENDLETON AND LITTLE HULTON WALK IN CENTRES TO BE SHUT?

"I think people can look after themselves a lot of the time" Salford PCT Medical Director

Health chiefs came under fire from the community last night during a consultation on shutting Salford's walk-in centres at Pendleton and Little Hulton.

Proposing the axing of the walk-in centres as part of £7.2m cuts in the local health service, Dr Brian Hope, Medical Director of the Salford Primary Care Trust (PCT), argued that "people can look after themselves a lot of the time".

For full story click here…


Pendleton Walk-In Centre
click image to enlarge

 

BACK TO THE DAYS OF THE VILLAGE WITCH

"I think that we've medicalised a lot of stuff that people in the past would have dealt with themselves" Dr Brian Hope, Salford PCT Medical Director

At last night's East Salford Community Committee, both Salford councillors and the community were hyper critical of Salford PCT's proposals to scrap walk-in centres at Pendleton and Little Hulton. 

While Dr Brian Hope, Salford PCT Medical Director, accepted that the walk-in centres are a "popular facility" he added that the PCT was facing some "tough decisions" to save £7.2million. The plans are to shut walk-in centres at Pendleton and Little Hulton, and to `relocate' them into one `urgent care' facility at Salford Royal Hospital.

Dr Hope explained that people should, instead go to see their GPs who "have an obligation to provide advice within 24 to 48 hours" or "look after themselves"

"We've medicalised a lot of stuff that people in the past would have dealt with themselves" said Dr Hope, adding "I think people can look after themselves a lot of the time, given the confidence."

Dr Hope's talk was part of a consultation with Salford's community over the plans to save money in the health service. The vast majority of people who voiced their opinions in the follow up discussion were horrified at the plans to shut the walk-in centres.

Councillor Jim King called the plans "illogical…the walk-in centre has proved popular, yet despite that need you want to remove it?"

He added that plans to merge the walk-in centres into Salford Royal Hospital (formerly Hope) "won't work" because of transport difficulties, and the idea to educate people into self help was a long term prospect but "you're not going to educate them before the walk-ins are closed down".

Other members of the community explained that they couldn't get in to see their GPs for maybe three weeks, whereas with the walk-in centres you can just turn up and wait to be seen.

Dr Hope responded that there were lots of "myths and legends about people not getting in to see the doctor" and that GPs were working to improve access… "If you don't like your doctor, move".

At the edges of the argument is the inference that people should deal with health problems themselves, or "look after themselves" rather than burden the health service. This is surely going back to the days of the wise woman healer, or village witch, who claimed to know cures for every ailment…

"There is a lot of pain and anger when you take services away and I fully accept that" said Dr Hope "But (if we don't) there will be dire consequences elsewhere in the health service."

"These walk-in centres are in the most deprived areas of Salford with an ageing population" said one community representative who fiercely opposed the PCT's plans "The most vulnerable people in that community will get less and less..."

"We have some tough choices" concluded Dr Hope.

The public consultation on `urgent care services' continues until 13th December 2010.

To read the full NHS case for closing the walk-in centres click here

To give your views on the closure of the walk-in centres there's an online form here.


 

deborah wrote
at 8:32:55 AM on Wednesday, May 15, 2013
the myth of not being able to get an appointment! quite laughable really as dr hope surgery is one of the worst for having to wait weeks for appointments.struggling to get prescriptions and attitudes and bed side matter of certain dr's receptionist and practice managers, reason for not changing is basically a person can have so much clinically wrong with them it becomes difficult to change doc as its complicated to explain and ur back to square 1 with trial and error of medication. maybe dr hope would be better spending his time doing less speculation and look into how to improve his practice and patient care .
 
Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
SLADS
Salford Live Events
Salford Star contact
Salford Star
Salford Star print
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: SALFORD LISTED DIRTY OLD TOWN GASWORKS TO BE DEMOLISHED AS PEGGY SEEGER SLATES ‘LAND GRABBERS’
The fat cats who control the faceless holding companies are only interested in SLASH AND CONCRETE and the bottom line,they are c... [more]
article: FIREFIGHTERS SAY THEY WERE HELD BACK FROM ATTENDING MANCHESTER ARENA BOMB SCENE
Bristol fireman and Ray of Sunshine. The truth always hurts. The reality is that the fire service throughout the UK is an expensiv... [more]
article: FIREFIGHTERS SAY THEY WERE HELD BACK FROM ATTENDING MANCHESTER ARENA BOMB SCENE
Salford Lad - what sewer did you escape from? ... [more]
article: FIREFIGHTERS SAY THEY WERE HELD BACK FROM ATTENDING MANCHESTER ARENA BOMB SCENE
Salford Lad, if ignorance is bliss, you must go around with a permanent smile on your face. Also, can you point me in the directio... [more]
article: FIREFIGHTERS SAY THEY WERE HELD BACK FROM ATTENDING MANCHESTER ARENA BOMB SCENE
I totally agree the higher power are to blame . But as a human being. I would have gone any way and made my own personal and profe... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

SALFORD RED DEVILS PROVIDE TRIBUTE TO MANCHESTER BOMB VICTIMS WHILE CATALANS CRUSHED

Star date: 27th May 2017

ALMOST 5,000 PEOPLE ATTEND SALFORD RUGBY TRIBUTE TO MANCHESTER

Almost 5,000 people, including fans from other rugby teams, watched Salford Red Devils crush Catalans Dragons 50-12 last night, in what was an emotional night of tributes to the Manchester bomb victims.

Before the game there was a minute's silence, after 22 minutes there was applause and, throughout, fans held 'I Love MCR' cards and waved a giant 'Salford and Manchester Together' flag, as Gareth Lyons reports...

Full report here...

ARIANA GRANDE TO DO BENEFIT CONCERT IN MANCHESTER FOR BOMB VICTIMS

Star date: 26th May 2017

"WE WON'T LET HATE WIN" SAYS ARIANA

Ariana Grande has just issued a statement on Twitter saying that she will "be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families".

The singer, whose fans were caught in Monday night's bomb blast at Manchester Arena, adds that "We will not quit or operate in fear...We won't let this divide us...We won't let hate win..."

Full details here...

MANCHESTER BOMB ATTACK SALFORD WITNESSES URGED TO SEEK SUPPORT

Star date: 26th May 2017

PHONE LINE SUPPORT FOR ARIANA GRANDE CONCERT GOERS AND WITNESSES

Loads of Salford people were at Monday night's Ariana Grande concert which was hit by a terrorist bomb, and now they are being urged to seek help from Victim Support on a special free hotline...

"If you were...there on the night or you witnessed the horror that unfolded, practical help and emotional support is also available to you" says Greater Manchester Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Beverley Hughes.

Full details here...

WORLD OBSERVES MINUTES SILENCE FOR MANCHESTER BOMB VICTIMS

Star date: 25th May 2017

ST ANN'S SQUARE FALLS SILENT THEN UNITED AND CITY ANNOUNCE £1MILLION DONATION

A jam-packed St Ann's Square fell quiet at 11am this morning, as a one minute silence was observed throughout Manchester, Salford and the world for the victims of the Manchester bomb attack.

Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, led Manchester Council workers from Albert Square to St Ann's Square, to join many hundreds of people paying respect. Afterwards, it was announced that Manchester United and Manchester City had made a joint donation of £1million to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

Full details here...

SALFORD RED DEVILS GIVE FREE MATCH ENTRY FOR BOMB RELIEF DONATIONS

Star date: 25th May 2017

SALFORD RED DEVILS DONATE ALL GATE MONEY TO MANCHESTER BOMB VICTIMS

Salford Red Devils are making their Friday night match against Catalans Dragons free entry, with fans asked to donate to the Manchester Bomb Relief Fund instead. Owner Marwan Koukash tweeted "For the @SalfordDevils game on Friday, just turn up, collect free ticket and make a donation for the victims of the Manchester attack".

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx