Could there be a legal challenge to Greyfrairs walk-in closure?

Protest outside the NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) by people oppo

Protest outside the NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) by people opposed to the closing of Greyfriars Medical Clinic and Walk in Centre in Great Yarmouth.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

A judicial review into the decision to close Greyfrairs walk-in centre could be launched.

The governing body of NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney's Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) did not review the contract for the walk-in facility.

Health bosses sealed the fate of the Greyfriars walk-in clinic in Great Yarmouth, saying the service will close for good in September.

Now, an anonymous campaigner has said they believe there could be grounds to challenge the decision.

A judicial review is a type of court proceeding in which a judge reviews the lawfulness of a decision or action made by a public body.


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The plan to close the Greyfrairs health centre in Howard Street South was first debated in May.

Health bosses reconsidered plans to completely shut the £8m facility, which opened in 2009, after an outcry from the public deciding it will still be used for appointment-only clinics at weekends and on bank holidays.

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Patients who require out-of-hours care in the future will have to use an enhanced NHS 111 telephone service or facilities at the James Paget Hospital.

The CCGs figures show that between April 2014 and March 2015 the average attendance per day was 28, with around half of those being people from outside the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area, however the report noted that the centre was busier during the holiday season.

A petition to try to save the clinic was signed by over 2,700 people.

What do you think? Write to Letters, The Mercury, 169 King Street, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2PA giving full contact details, or email anne.edwards@archant.co.uk

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