PEOPLE are being urged to have a say on accusations about poor health care provision in part of Huddersfield.
A Kirklees Council Scrutiny group is considering Ashbrow residents’ claims that the suspension of plans for a dedicated new-build GP practice in their ward has left them under-resourced.
The panel is compiling a report and has already taken evidence from managers in the Kirklees Primary Care Trust but is keen to ensure that the evidence gathered includes views and comments from local people including community groups and organisations.
At the last session on February 15 the chief executive of NHS Kirklees, Mike Potts, said Ashbrow had been included in a list of 20 priority areas when it took over from the previous health authority.
The financial downturn, however, saw plans for a new build, most likely in Bradley, being put on hold.
The panel heard that plans went as far as hiring consultants to review possible sites before the economic crisis prompted the shelving of proposals.
Panel member Christine Stanfield said: “It’s early days so we can’t go into too much detail but we’ve spoken to the councillors who raised the concerns, to the trust and now we want to hear from the public.
“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.
“Clearly the more we hear from the public the better the report will be.”
Clr Elizabeth Smaje, who chairs the Panel, said: “We are keen to encourage public participation and the meetings will be friendly and welcoming sessions where we intend to listen to everyone who wishes to express a view.”
People in Sheepridge Bradley and Deighton have two chances to put their views across in coming weeks.
You can speak directly to panel members who will be visiting the Chestnut Centre in Deighton today, March 1 between 1pm and 3pm where they will be talking to individuals using and visiting the centre.
Panel members will also be available at a meeting being held on Monday, March 8 between 1pm and 3pm in Huddersfield Town Hall.
If you are unable to make either of the sessions you can contact the CCfA Scrutiny Panel until March 12 by ringing 01484 221687, or emailing email@example.com
You can also write to the Scrutiny and Governance Team, Second Floor, Civic Centre 3, Huddersfield HD1 2TG.