Conservative County Councillors led by Eastbourne's former Conservative Mayor Colin Belsey recently voted to approve the closure of the popular NHS GP Walk-In Centre at Eastbourne station.
The Walk-In centre has over 3,400 registered patients on its books and comes at a time when GP surgeries are reeling from Covid-19. Your Liberal Democrats led opposition to the proposals but the Conservatives on the County committee voted for closure. Ignoring hundreds of objections from local residents, the Conservatives at County decided to rely instead on the over-stretched 111 phoneline, and a once a week, limited-hour, drop-in service.
The Lighthouse and Grove Road surgeries are under ever increasing pressure, and with the Bolton Road surgery relocating to Old Town early next year, where will these 3,400 registered patients go?
Kathy Ballard said, “This is a real kick in the teeth for residents in the town centre. So many people rely on these services. At the end of the day, Conservative Councillors have voted to close the Walk-In Centre, undercutting what is in the best interests of the people of Eastbourne, and disregarding the vast number of people who raised objections. It's time for change at the County Council.”