Health bosses have confirmed that the Walk-in-Centre on Monks Road, Lincoln will close, despite widespread protest and public outrage.

Members of the Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) governing body chose to close the centre after the 2017 winter period at a public meeting on Wednesday, September 27.

The Centre records more than 30,000 walk-ins annually.

The CCG have now agreed plans to close the service, subject to a review in November and January to “strengthen primary care services”.

Plans to close the Walk-in-Centre were initially announced back in July which caused mass public opposition, and prompted 2 petitions, one which was organised by the University of Lincoln Students’ Union, and gathered more than 8,000 signatures.

94% of the 2,765 people who took part in the consultation by the CCG, were against the closure of the Walk-in-Centre.

However the CCG claimed the service closure was not due to budget cuts, and that the consultation was not just a paper exercise.

Many local residents have described the decision as a “disgrace” and pointed out that the closure of the Walk-in-Centre will result in longer waiting times at the local Accident and Emergency Department of Lincoln County Hospital.

Moreover, students attending University who may not have registered with a local G.P. have criticised the decision as leaving them without access to non-urgent but necessary health care.

The Walk-in-Centre, has been open for approximately eight years, and operated on a no-appointment-necessary basis. The Centre was nurse led.

The Centre was one of more than 230 walk-in-centres opened by the NHS in England between 2000 and 2010.

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