Local Issues

Opposing the Closure of Lincoln Walk-In Centre

Motion to full council

On 12 June Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (LWCCG) launched a public consultation on the future of the Walk-in Centre in Lincoln with a closing date of 6 August 2017. The proposals are set out in ‘Have your say’ document produced by LWCCG and can be captured in a statement in the document which reads ‘Walk-in centres create demand for self-limiting, minor conditions and NHS resources would be better spent on other healthcare priorities.’ The ”Have Your Say’ document and a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ sheet produced by LWCCG, accessible here, states that the centre opened in 2009, is used by about 100 people a day and in 2016 costed over £1 million to run.

It is argued that the LWCCG in their consultation document

have not demonstrated that alternative services have the extra capacity and are readily available currently to deal with the extra demand caused by the cessation of services at the Walk-in Centre.
have not provided statistical information to support the assertion that the 35,000 or so users of the service can be seen by a mixture of GP practices, NHS 111 and pharmacists if the Walk-in Centre closed.
have made no financial case to support closure to show that future delivery of services can be delivered more economically than the services provided at the Walk-in Centre which worked out at less than the £30 a visit in 2016 (£1 million expenditure divided by the number of annual users at 35,000 a year).
For these reasons this council agrees that the Chief Executive should write to Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group opposing the closure of Lincoln Walk-in Centre.

To be moved by Cllr Robert Parker and seconded by Cllr Kevin Clarke

Save Lincolnshire Libraries

campaigning3“After a long and hard fight against the proposed cuts to Lincolnshire libraries, which have involved 23,000 names on petitions, marches and a much-criticised consultation, the council decision-makers have decided to go ahead and either close or pass to volunteers around 30 libraries. This, and the budget cut of £2m, makes the county’s library system one of the most substantial victims of the Austerity. Councillors see things differently, though. saying that due to volunteers coming forward, the county may end up with more libraries than it started with. Campaigners point out that such unpaid branches have questionable futures but to little avail. Indeed, Deepings Library campaigners now face the stark choice of volunteering (a position they strongly opposed) or seeing their branch close despite a 9,000 name petition to the contrary. Around 100 library staff will lose their jobs as part of all this and, no matter what side you stand on (and the councillors did not mention library staff once in their final debate), one’s heart must go out to them and to the dramas that they face.”

Fuel Poverty

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Mortality Rates

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Public Transport

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Safer Speed Limits

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Adult Education in Lincolnshire

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Employment for Young People

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Additional Funding for Special Education Needs

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Park & Ride in Lincoln

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Local Education Allowance

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