MP raises concerns about future of Cheshunt Urgent Care Centre

Charles Walker raises his concerns with the Secretary of State for Health over suggestions that Hertfordshire PCT is planning to close the urgent care centre in Cheshunt.

Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne) (Con): I have just learned that for the past year Hertfordshire primary care trust has been plotting to close the enormously successful urgent care centre in Cheshunt. If that happens, can the local authority step in, if its finances allow, to run the urgent care centre?

Mr Lansley: I was not aware of what my hon. Friend describes, and strictly speaking it does not relate to the White Paper. None the less, it will remain the case that local authorities, through current overview and scrutiny arrangements or future scrutiny arrangements, have the ability to ensure that major service changes of that kind are subject to scrutiny. If such changes are not justified in the interests of local people, they can be referred to me and I can seek the independent reconfiguration panel's advice.

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