Defend Local health Services – save local GPs and chemists


[from Gardens Residents Association mailing list]

Defend Local health Services – save local GPs and chemists

Stop Haringey Health Cuts Coalition

Defend Local health Services – save local GPs and chemists

Wednesday 28th November, 2.30pm
Lobby PCT Board Meeting, St Ann’s Hospital (Block 6)

Monday 3rd December, 6.30pm
Lobby Council’s Scrutiny Committee – Civic Centre

Monday 10th December, 6.30pm
SHHC Coalition meeting – Chesnuts Community Centre

HARINGEY’S CHEMISTS AND GP SURGERIES UNDER THREAT OF CLOSURE

The body responsible for providing all NHS services in Haringey, the Primary
Care Trust, is proposing, but not so explicitly, 4 PFI super health
centres/polyclinics to replace our GP surgeries and chemists.

It is claimed by the PCT that each super health centre/polyclinic, offers a
broad range of services for up to 50,000 people and opens for longer hours.
However, serious public concerns about access, health inequalities,
impersonal services and long-term costs of PFI schemes, remain unanswered.

It is lunacy to replace our GP surgeries and chemists, which do provide care
in the community, for unreliable promises about unproven super health
centres/polyclinics .

The Save St. Ann’s Hospital Campaign Group believes super health
centres/polyclinics have some merit if used in conjunction with all
Haringey’s existing health services – like the GP surgeries and chemists,
but also the promised, but yet to be delivered, Haringey hospital at St.
Ann’s and care beds for the elderly and other services at Hornsey Central,
not instead of them.

We also believe that additional staff should be taken on to run them – not
taken away from existing surgeries and chemists, that they should not be
built by Private Finance Initiative funding, and that GPs and chemists
should have access to low-interest loans to improve their services,

Contact: Save St. Ann’s Hospital Campaign Group, PO Box 45129, N15 3XF,
Tel. 8352 1020

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