Maghull Labour Councillors launch campaign to save Maghull’s Com

Maghull Labour Councillors Patrick McKinley, Lynn Gatherer, June Burns and Rob Owens.

 

Maghull Labour Councillors are launching a campaign to save community dentistry services in the town which health bosses are planning to pull due to Tory-Lib Dem Government cuts.

Specialist community dental services at Maghull Health Centre are at risk of being cut by Liverpool Community Health.

An investigation by Maghull Labour Action Team has found that more than 500 people - disabled and elderly - rely on the specialist care at the centre.

If the centre is closed, those people will have to travel to the next nearest service in Bootle, Kirkby or even Southport.

Maghull Labour councillors have this week called on Liverpool Community Health to save the service in the town.

Writing to LCH, the Labour councillors say: "We are extremely concerned about the loss of such a valuable service to the people of Maghull and district. We are aware that many members of the community share our concerns. Maghull is one of the largest dormitory towns in England and has a growing population.

"We have received feedback from the community regarding the robustness of the evidence base on which the closure is predicated. Further we, as local representatives have real concerns regarding the potential for dysfunctional planning inherent in the methodology and justification for the closure of this service.

"We have a particular concern that during the community consultation event data was produced which indicated that the Maghull service was less well used and not fit for purpose, we have since received additional information which brings these assertions into question. When representatives were questioned as to whether the increase in the Maghull population through the Local Plan had been factored into the calculations (usage was forwarded as a key part of the methodology for assessing the ongoing viability of the service) we were told that this hadn’t been considered. We feel that this is completely unacceptable, eg effective demand for this service will increase over the coming years. We feel that using current attendance figures to assess future viability without considering the implications in the Local Plan is dysfunctional and will move a valuable service elsewhere when it is needed in Maghull."

The Labour councillors are now planning to meet LCH to urge them to scrap their plans.

Cllr McKinley said: "Cllr McKinley said: "Hundreds of people here in Maghull rely on the specialist dental service that is available at Maghull Health Centre and that is why we are fighting to save the service from these cuts.

"At a time when Maghull's population is growing, services are being axed that vulnerable people rely on.

"We need to stand up as a community to say enough is enough - we won't sit back and allow them to do this without a fight."