Express & Star – 6 May 2009
“Healthcare plans shown at meetings Public consultation over plans for new health facilities in Sandwell is under way. Sandwell PCT and other partners are investing in new healthcare facilities, which could include three new neighbourhood health centres in Cradley Heath, Dudley Port and Hill Top, as well as centres in Wednesbury and Smethwick. Meetings have already been held to discuss locations of the proposed facilities and the public will be able to hear feedback at follow-up sessions in May and June”.
Call me paranoid but I don’t see any references to Newton and Great Barr in that press release. Our clinic is running almost 3yrs behind schedule. We have made representations to PCT and given them a site which is ideal for purpose and yet nothing is happening but in other parts of the borough? “well come on in folks and lets talk about your new health care facilities”. The evidence is growing that we are not going to be included in any new facilities. The references made at the last but one forum meeting to discussions with Heart of Birmingham PCT re their plans for clinic in Handsworth and that we should use that now looks the likely outcome. This will only further outrage local residents and will mean larger deputations to MP’s surgeries in coming months.
Sandwell PCT should not misunderstand local feeling over this issue.