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James Flanagan - Urgent Care Centre must remain in Canterbury

February 23, 2017 9:08 PM

James Flanagan at WestminsterResponding to today's reports that the Urgent Care Centre at Kent & Canterbury Hospital is to close, James Flanagan said, "The threat of closure to this much needed service is very worrying - especially as our area is growing."

"Canterbury District already has a population of 157,000. Over the next 15 years, 15,000 houses will be built under the local plan, which could see a further 30,000 people across the district."

"In 2015, Canterbury had the highest student/permanent resident ratio in the UK with 31,000 students. It has the largest population of all districts in East Kent, and the council estimates that by 2031, 1 in 4 residents will be over 65."

"Surely this means an Urgent Care Centre must remain in Canterbury?"

"If it closes, then patients will face longer waiting times at Ashford and Thanet hospitals."

"The Government must find the extra funding in next month's budget to keep the Urgent Care Centre open, supported, and fully staffed.