A REPORT into claims of a lack GP facilities in part of Huddersfield will be completed at the end of this month.
Following an initial meeting last month, representatives from the specially established Kirklees Council scrutiny group met at The Chestnut Centre in Deighton to speak with the public and hear their experiences of healthcare in the Ashbrow ward.
The group was established at the request of councillors who say stalled plans for a newly-built health centre have left residents in an economically depressed area suffering some serious health concerns.
Although the scrutiny group will complete its deliberations and compile a report by the end of the month, it is likely it will be available for public consumption in May.
Chair of the group Clr Elizabeth Smaje said: “We will be collating evidence and although we’ve been speaking to members of the public we won’t be commenting before the process is complete.”
Clr Christine Stanfield, also a panel member, said meetings had been completed with the councillors who raised the concerns and stressed that the quality of the work will be dependent on their feedback from the members of the public.
She said: “It’s only after we have pulled all of that together that we will be able to get a coherent view of the problems but some of them are emerging.”
At the last session on February 15 the chief executive of NHS Kirklees appeared before the panel.
Mike Potts dismissed any allegations that the area suffered diminished health care provision, stressing that although plans for a new, designated surgery had not come to fruition the residents still had full access to health professionals.
He said that Ashbrow had been included in a list of 20 priority areas when the NHS Kirklees came into existence.
Bradley was targeted as the most likely location and councillor Ken Smith was also involved in discussions about the use of the site at the Little John Pub for a doctor’s surgery.
Plans went as far as the hiring of consultants to check possible sites but all proposals were put on hold when the financial downturn saw a block on new developments.
Councillors said that it was too much to expect the elderly and infirm to take two buses just to get to their nearest GP.
Put your views to the panel members at a meeting on Monday, March 8 between 1pm and 3pm at Huddersfield Town Hall. If you are unable to attend you can contact them until March 12 by ringing 01484 221687 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to Scrutiny and Governance Team, Second Floor, Civic Centre 3, Huddersfield, HD1 2TG.