Chorley Council is urging the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) not to privatise the Urgent Care Centre at Chorley Hospital. It has expressed concerns over reports that the centre is set for privatisation. The Urgent Care Centre has been operating since the hospital’s A&E closed on 18th April.
The CCGs for Chorley and South Ribble, and for Greater Preston, stated that they have already selected a medical contractor to run the urgent care facilities at Chorley and Preston Hospitals. The CCGs stated that the selection process had followed the national guidelines, but the healthcare bosses have not revealed the identity of the contractor. The name will be disclosed after the ten-day “standstill period” is over.
Chorley Council Leader Cllr Alistair Bradley stated they haven’t been informed officially about the selection of a medical contractor for the Urgent Care Centre, and the council does not know who the contractor is. However, he reiterated that he had written to the CCG about this issue since he was worried about the changes that privatisation would bring to the working of the centre.
Bradley also said that there was going to be a meeting of all the partners and health chiefs to discuss the future of A&E and urgent care services. He stated that he was going to urge the health chiefs during this meeting to rethink their plans about using a medical contractor to run the urgent care services.
Bradley believes that the urgent care centre should not replace the A&E, which needs to be reopened. While the centre provides some degree of care to patients, he felt that Chorley Hospital Urgent Care Centre needed outstanding local doctors rather than privatisation.
MP for Chorley Lindsay Hoyle said that it was essential to reopen the A&E at Chorley Hospital. He had received reports of patients being diverted to Preston, where they had to wait for six to seven hours before they could be seen by doctors.