To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on what date his Department agreed to extend the service at King Street NHS walk-in centre beyond September 2022; and if he will provide details of the timescale and process for commissioning the procurement of that service.
The decision to extend the contract at King Street NHS walk-in centre for 12 months from the end of the existing contract in March 2022, was agreed on 11 November 2021. This extension allows a review of urgent services to be completed according to national guidance, including patient engagement. In summer 2022, the proposed model will be taken through initial governance routes with engagement or consultation in autumn 2022. This is dependent on the scale of the change proposed and will be agreed through local Overview and Scrutiny arrangements and with the relevant guidance from NHS England and NHS Improvement. From January to February 2023, any revisions to the proposals will be made, following the consideration of the responses and the governance arrangements will be approved. In March 2023, the public will be informed of the integrated urgent care service offer.