Walk-in centre and GP practice to close with loss of 14 jobs
FOURTEEN jobs will be lost when an Ilkeston GP surgery and walk-in centre closes in February.
The Ilkeston Family Practice at the town's community hospital has more than 1,500 registered patients.
Vikki Taylor, director of commissioning for NHS Derbyshire County, said: "When this practice was commissioned, there were no extended hours available at GP surgeries.
"However, there are many practices in Ilkeston now which offer extended hours – usually on one or two early mornings, late evenings or on Saturday mornings. Therefore, a mutually amicable decision has been made to reduce duplication and maximise efficiencies locally by closing the practice and its walk-in service."
He said that the majority of registered patients fell within the catchment area of other town practices.
Concerns about the closure have already been raised by the Erewash Labour Party. Spokeswoman Helen Clark said: "Walk-in centres have done wonders in opening up access to first-stop health care."