Letter on Corby Urgent Care Centre

Delivered by Margot Parker, on 27 March 2017

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As a resident of Corby I share the concerns of the local community regarding the management of the Corby Urgent Care Centre (CUCC) saying they will stop seeing patients after the 31stof March.

Following the announcement we have seen very confused and contradictory statements made by both Lakeside+ Limited (who run the CUCC) and the Corby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCCG) and Corby residents remain unsure of where they will stand next week - will they still have access to the CUCC or will they have to go to Kettering A&E to receive urgent care? As the CUCC sees up to 280 patients a day, if they are all forced to go to Kettering chaos will descend and patient care will almost certainly suffer.

The CCCG insists the CUCC will remain open, under another operator's management if necessary, but surely the tendering process takes a lot longer than a few days to get a contract sorted out? Or will we see costs rise massively for somebody else to be brought in short-term, and at a time when NHS funding is already stretched almost beyond tolerance?

What does seem clear is that neither party is blameless in this - the CCCG is not paying Lakeside+ the nationally mandated minimum tariff per patient, but that indicates Lakeside bears some responsibility by failing to include the possibility of per-patient payments increasing over the period of their contract with the CCCG.

Either way, as the involved organisations play the blame-game and issue confusing press statements, the people of Corby are left uncertain about their future access to urgent medical care, which is really unacceptable. Lakeside and the CCCG should never have let it come to this point in the first place.

Yours faithfully,

Margot Parker MEP









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