A walk-In service provides a unique access to healthcare which is not replicated elsewhere in the town and offers an important safety net for patients who can’t get an appointment at other GP surgeries. The Walk-in centre is an important service for Eastbourne’s most vulnerable, some of whom are unable to book a GP appointment in advance, as well as for visitors to Eastbourne who are taken ill,
Langney Lib Dem Councillor Alan Shuttleworth led the fight to keep the Walk-In service. As a member of East Sussex Health Overview & Scrutiny committee he presented the case to keep the service.
“It is unbelievable that this health provision is closing when we are still in a health pandemic and this facility has never been more important.”
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.
Cllr Candy Vaughan commented, “I can’t believe that Conservative councillors voted to allow this much-needed medical centre to close. It has been used as a safety net for people across Eastbourne.”