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Shadow health minister Andy Burnham pledges to keep Cricklewood GP centre open

PUBLISHED: 14:00 24 April 2015 | UPDATED: 14:00 24 April 2015

Shadow Health secretary Andy Burnham visited the centre with Labour candidate Sarah Sackman

Shadow Health secretary Andy Burnham visited the centre with Labour candidate Sarah Sackman

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Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham pledged that he would keep an NHS walk-in centre in Cricklewood open if he is in government after May’s General Election.

Mr Burnham and Ms Sackman met with patients at the centre in Cricklewood LaneMr Burnham and Ms Sackman met with patients at the centre in Cricklewood Lane

During a visit to meet patients at the Cricklewood GP walk-in centre in Cricklewood Lane, along with Labour candidate Sarah Sackman, Mr Burnham said: “You have my guarantee that under a Labour Government the NHS Walk-in centre will stay open. It cannot make any sense to close walk-in centres in the middle of an A&E crisis.”

The four-year contract to keep the walk-in facility at the clinic running has been extended to December this year, but a decision on its long term future has not yet been finalised.

Ms Sackman, who is standing for election in Finchley and Golders Green, said: “The GPs and the Walk-In centre have filled a gap in primary health care for this area since they opened four years ago.”

However Mike Freer, Conservative candidate for Finchley and Golders Green, accused Labour of scaremongering.

He said:

“It’s not going to close and it’s misleading to say it is. The CCG have told me that they need to sit down with residents before they renew the contract.”


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