The Walk-In service provided unique access to healthcare not replicated elsewhere in the town and was an important safety net for patients who couldn’t get an appointment at other GP surgeries. Our key industry is tourism, and the Walk-in centre provided a vital and accessible facility for sick visitors not needing to go to A&E. It was also an important service for Eastbourne’s most vulnerable, some of whom are unable to book a GP appointment in advance.
Recently Lib Dem councillors on Eastbourne Borough Council put forward a motion calling upon the Health Service Commissioners to halt the closure process. Your Conservative borough councillors’ response? Abstention.
At a Subsequent East Sussex County Council Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee, all Conservative Councillors voted for the health centre’s closure. Despite Lib Dems voting against the closure, they were outvoted by the Tories who hold the majority on this committee.
The Conservatives have now decided the fate of this vital town-wide service.
Kathy Ballard said,” I can’t believe that Conservative councillors voted to allow this much-needed medical centre to close. This move flies in the face of public opinion and shows how out of touch they are.”