Cllr Martin Phipps (City Ward):
“I am really pleased to see NHS managers taking into account the responses and concerns of residents. Sheffield Green Party raised concerns over the consultation and proposals from the beginning of the process and have fought hard to inform residents and to get their voices heard.
“As a member of the Health Scrutiny Committee on the working group that responded to the CCG’s, I welcome the CCG accepting our views. Parties of all different colours worked together to voice the concerns of the residents they represent and how the people of Sheffield felt about the proposals and consultation. I am very happy to have played an effective part in this and I look forward to hearing the CCG’s decision.”
Cllr Douglas Johnson (City Ward) added:
“I very much welcome news that planned closures of these vital public services have been dropped. Green Party councillors campaigned to support the 60,000 people who visit the Walk-in Centre and the 18,000 who attend the Minor Injuries Unit every year. This is why we campaigned for them to remain centrally placed.”
“I am pleased that NHS managers have seen fit to respond to overwhelming public pressure. Residents especially of City Ward said they did not want to lose these services. We told the CCG it would be wrong to proceed with closures and their consultation did not support their original plans.”
“What the CCG now needs to do is take steps that really improve people’s access to their own GPs before making any further plans.”