Monitor announces review of walk-in centres
Fri 31st May 2013
Monitor, the sector regulator of NHS-funded health care services, is launching a review to understand why NHS walk-in centres are closing and if this is in the best interests of patients.
The health regulator will examine to what extent the closure of walk-in centres has limited people’s ability to choose where and when they access routine or urgent primary health care services without appointment.
Responsibility for commissioning walk-in centres was originally in the hands of primary care trusts (PCTs). As current contracts expire, NHS England will review the case for re-commissioning services for registered patients. It is now up to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to decide whether to re-commission services for non-registered patients, such as urgent care and out of hours services.
As part of its review, Monitor wants to hear from patients, past and current providers of walk-in centres, GPs, commissioners and other stakeholders about the impact of walk-in centre closures.
To download more details about the purpose of the review please click here.
Initial submissions should be sent to email@example.com by 5pm on 28 June 2013.