James at a walk-in protest
James at a walk-in protest

Bury North MP James Frith has welcomed a decision by NHS Bury’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which today announced that Bury Walk-In Centre will remain open until at least March 2018, pending the publication of new national guidance and a Greater Manchester review of urgent care services.

The decision follows an intensive pre-election campaign to save Bury Walk-In Centre and meetings between James and the CCG after the election. James and Bury’s local Labour Party have continued to collect signatures for the campaign to save Bury Walk-In Centre, gathering over 600 in the last two weeks.

James said:

“Saving Bury Walk-In Centre is my top priority and I am delighted with this decision to guarantee its immediate future for the next 9 months. However, my commitment is to secure a walk-in service in the long term for the people of Bury, Tottington and Ramsbottom and I will continue to work to achieve that goal in the coming weeks and months. Walk-in services have to form part of the new integrated care plans for Bury and I am pleased that this appears to now be recognised by the CCG.

“I will be pressing the government to release its national guidance as soon as possible and working with colleagues across Greater Manchester to ensure that the review of urgent care provision fully considers our walk-in services and the vital role they play.”

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