Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

MPs Furious at Plan's Lack of Night-Time Care Options

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

MPs Furious at Plan's Lack of Night-Time Care Options

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Byline: Katie Dickinson

Reporter katie. MPS have slammed "unacceptable" NHS proposals that would leave North Tyneside without a 24-hour urgent care centre.

Ten months on from the "temporary" suspension of overnight urgent care services at North Tyneside General Hospital, health chiefs announced plans this week that would see the change become permanent.

Plans for a new 24-hour facility that would serve the whole of North Tyneside look to have been replaced with a centre that closes at 10pm, with a home-visiting service out of hours.

Now North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon and Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell have released a joint statement condemning the decision. It said: "The CCG (clinicial commissioning group) proposal as it stands is unacceptable.

"Effectively the temporary closure of the Urgent Care Centre at Rake Lane is to become permanent, without proper consultation but with a so-called 'engagement exercise' instead.

"The proposal will leave urgent care at Rake Lane open for even fewer hours than now."

The CCG claims that before the suspension of overnight care in December 2016, the service at Rake Lane was only used by three to four patients per night.

Mrs Glindon and Mr Campbell also said: "Instead of directing people from Cramlington - which caused the need for closure in the first place - they will instead be pushed to Cramlington or Newcastle.

"The irony is that this announcement came on the same day as the Ambulance Trust warned that waiting times could be longer."

It added: "We strongly believe that the Urgent Care Centre at Rake Lane should return to 24-hour opening to relieve pressure on Cramlington.

"The CCG says that they did a detailed consultation before but now intend to ignore it. That consultation supported a 'one-stop shop' and said it must be at Rake Lane. …

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