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Byrne pushes NHS to get more out of local health centres

Press Statement – Friday 16th October 2015 ***For Immediate Release***Byrne pushes NHS to get more out of local health centres


Liam has today welcomed a new pledge by city NHS leaders to get two of Hodge Hill’s brand new health centres fully up and running. Today Liam Byrne MP met with Sue Doheny, the acting director of commissioning at NHS England and representatives from the local Clinical Commission Group (CCG) to discuss the under-used health centres in Hodge Hill and Washwood Heath. Mr Byrne, MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill, used the meeting as an opportunity to push to get better use out of the health centres which cost the taxpayer millions of pounds to build but which are under-utilised by the NHS. Liam Byrne MP said: “Taxpayers paid millions to get these health centres built but the NHS is not getting the full use out of them. This is unacceptable. Heartlands A&E is at breaking point yet there are rooms lying empty at these health centres. Today we’ve agreed to a new strategy to finally get the health centres 100% operational – and we’ll be pulling together partners like the jobcentre and local voluntary groups to make sure it happens”


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