The Horn Park community braved the rain and wind to come together to demand that the Source medical centre be reopened at a public meeting organised by Clive Efford.
Over 70 residents crammed into the Horn Park Community Centre to tell the local health commissioners how the Estate had been devastated by the closure of the nurse-led medial centre in Sibthorpe Road. The residents explained how difficult it was for the elderly, the disabled and young families to access health services since the Source’s closure in 2016.
Members of the Greenwich CCG – the body that took the decision to close the Source due to Government cuts – were at the meeting and heard first-hand about how residents routinely had to wait up to four weeks just to get an appointment with their GP. There is no GP on the Estate, so people must make long journeys just to get to a doctor.
Speaking after the meeting Clive said: “I was delighted that so many people turned up despite the bad weather. They put their case with great passion directly to the CCG about how badly treated this community has been when it comes to accessible health services. The Source was a wonderful facility that allowed people to drop in, receive treatment, advice and reassurance. The CCG made all sorts of promises about home care and GP waiting times when they closed the Source. It is clear from what the residents said that these promises have not been met. I will keep campaigning to ensure that the views of this community are heard.”