This week, Southampton Labour MPs,candidates, councillors and activists came together to ask for a re-think on the closure of the Bitterne Walk-in centre.
We were all shocked when we heard about the closure of the Bitterne Walk-in centre, and we wanted to get out and do something about it. Since we heard we've been campaigning, collecting hundreds of signatures from local residents who are opposed to this.
Almost everyone we have spoken to in the last couple of weeks, agrees that this is a valuable service, especially as the East of the city has no hospital.
We have heard from parents who use it with their kids outside of GP surgery times, and from people who believe they would have ended up in hospital had it not been for the preventative care the walk-in centre provided quickly.
There seem to be few facts available about why it's happening, and almost no consultation. Some 20,000 pensioners, families, children and others use our NHS Walk-In Centre every year, and there are concerns about extra pressures on other health services as these patients are now forced to look elsewhere.
Please join us to help save the Bitterne walk-in centre
The tragic truth of the matter is that this closure really didn't have to happen. This Tory-led government spent £16m of taxpayers' money on unnecessarily re-organising the NHS here in Southampton. That would be enough money to keep the Bitterne NHS Walk-In Centre open for at least another 10 years.