September 19, 2008

Victory for Common Sense

A CARE trust's decision to not open a health centre on a housing estate has been hailed a "victory for common sense".

Following a public consultation process, South Tyneside's Primary Care Trust has decided to abandon plans to locate a GP-led health centre at Cleadon Park, South Shields.

The decision to look elsewhere came after the PCT came up against opposition to the plan.

Among the opponents was Coun Eileen Leask, Labour representative for Horsley Hill, who believed the site was too close to the existing district hospital.

She said: "I think it was a great day for common sense when the PCT decided to locate the new centre on a more suitable site, which has more social need.

"I always felt the proposal had more to do with finance than the care of the public and I am delighted that the public have been listened to."

She has suggested Jarrow, Whitburn or Hebburn as alternative locations for the centre.

David Hambleton, director of commissioning for NHS South of Tyne and Wear, said: "In the case of Cleadon Park, we have come to the conclusion our original proposal would not be the best location.

"It is in the best interests of everyone that the new facilities are provided in the right place."

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