This week, the MP for Chelsea and Fulham secured assurances from the Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon Matt Hancock, regarding the future of Parsons Green Walk-in Centre.
For weeks, the local Labour Party have run a campaign scaremongering local residents, and often vulnerable residents, stating that Parsons Green Walk-in Centre was set to close in March 2020. Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) last week announced that:
“The CCG can confirm that there are no plans to close Parsons Green Walk-in Centre and that we are working with Central London Community Healthcare Trust to look at alternative ways of providing the current activity. We recognise that the Parsons Green Walk-in Centre provides a valuable local service and we wish to ensure that these services are maintained and provided in the most appropriate way. Any proposals that are put forward in the future would be subject to engagement/consultation in the usual way.” (Hammersmith and Fulham CCG, January 2020)
This week, the CCG announcement was reinforced by the Secretary of State for Health in the House of Commons following Greg Hands MPs question, with the Health Secretary rebutting claims that the Parsons Green Walk-in Centre is scheduled to close and condemning the local Labour Party’s scare tactics. To watch the full statement in the Commons, please click here.
After months of campaigning, the MP for Chelsea and Fulham was delighted to hear the CCG and Secretary of States assurances to keep the popular and well used facility open.
Speaking of the announcement, Mr Hands commented: “After a long campaign, I was delighted to hear the Health Secretary condemn the scare tactics employed by my local Labour Party alarming vulnerable residents who depend on the vital services provided by the Parsons Green Walk-in Centre. The walk-in centre is a key hub in the community, and of course it is not going to close.”