Councillors pledge to fight for “easily accessible urgent health care for everyone”

The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) recently agreed to keep the NHS walk-in centre and minor injuries units in Sheffield open, for the time being at least, instead of replacing them with a single urgent treatment centre at the Northern General Hospital.

The proposals were heavily criticised in views expressed in a city-wide consultation and many campaign groups, health interest groups and political parties across Sheffield campaigned together against these proposals.

This success of this campaign led to securing the CCG agreeing to further public consultation and a delay of at least two years before the CCG takes any further decision.

To acknowledge the co-ordinated effort, Labour is putting forward a Council motion praising this partnership and the successful outcome reached. However the motion also makes clear that, with the new consultation launched next summer, the fight still continues to ensure that any changes are to the benefit of everyone in Sheffield.

Speaking about the motion, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, Councillor Chris Peace commented:

“Labour is committed to ensuring that health inequalities in the city are reduced. This is a key goal for us, and informs all of our policy decisions. The previous proposals from the CCG were completely at odds with this goal – and I am delighted that a rethink and a new consultation is to take place

“I hope that together we can now reach a suitable solution for maintaining easy access to urgent health care for everyone in Sheffield”.

The motion will be put forward at this week’s Full Council, a meeting which all councillors attend and the biggest issues affecting the city are debated and voted on. Councillor Francyne Johnson, who represents Stocksbridge ward and was only elected in May, will propose the motion and this will be Councillor Johnson’s maiden speech.

Councillor Francyne Johnson:

“I believe that Sheffield fights austerity at its best when working in partnership, and this can be seen by the recent victory in getting the CCG to re-consult on their proposals.

“Labour is committed to ensuring there is easily accessible urgent health care for everyone in Sheffield. Any changes to how urgent care is provided should not undermine this, and I am asking all councillors to support this position and to work closely with all organisations in the forthcoming consultation to achieve this aim”.