NHS Walk-in Centres: Tower Hamlets

Department of Health written question – answered on 20th October 2014.

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Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Labour, Poplar and Limehouse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment NHS England has made of the effect on the 8am to 8pm seven-day-a-week service operated by the Barkantine Health Centre of the decision by NHS England to separate the walk-in centre at that location from the general services.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

We are informed by NHS England that the 8am-8pm walk in service is to be disaggregated from the service for registered patients at the Barkantine Health Centre. This is because the commissioning of the walk in service became the responsibility of the clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in April 2013.

We are assured that there will be an extensive engagement process undertaken with patients and key stakeholders. Tower Hamlets CCG will be responsible for the process and future decisions concerning the location and design of walk-in services.

The expectation is that the disaggregation of the contract should take place at the first available opportunity i.e. at the point a contract has a break clause.

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