The rise and fall of NHS walk-in centres

29 June 2012

The tough economic climate has caused NHS walk-in centres across England to take a significant hit.

According to a figures reported on by the BBC, around a quarter of the institutes have closed in the past year alone.

However, the government has been keen to acknowledge that healthcare services have not been hampered as a result, with assistance now being offered by other means.

Health minister Simon Burns commented: "Some of these services have recently been taken over by hospital trusts, whilst others have been integrated into local urgent care services, so while the number of organisations might appear to have fallen, this has not affected access to urgent care services, in fact people using them has increased."

Walk-in centres were thought up by the previous Labour government and allowed members of the public to get treated for minor ailments without needing to book an appointment.

While the concept proved popular with Brits, critics believe that the institutes have failed to prove to be cost-effective.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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