A Cambridgeshire County Councillor is raising serious concerns over reported plans to reduce GP out of hours services based at Ely and Doddington.
Councillor Peter Hudson, Chairman of the Health Committee, is asking for urgent clarification over the plans from the CCG, who commission the services, which would affect communities already disadvantaged by too few health services.
Cambridgeshire County Councillor Peter Hudson, said: “As Chairman of the Health Committee I am really very concerned regarding the reduction in services being proposed by the CCG. They have not consulted with local councillors or with our Health Committee, which has a statutory responsibility to scrutinise changes to the local health care, particularly those that affect local people. Let’s be clear, the out of hours GP services play a critical role in both Fenland and Ely where there are no others services of this nature. The ramifications are that the CCG will be short changing communities that are already disadvantaged in terms of health. If these reports are true, we will be sticking up for local people - access to health services shouldn’t be based on a postcode but are a universal right in this country wherever you live.”
Cambridgeshire County Council’s Health Committee has the statutory responsibility to scrutinise changes in the local health system.