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Judge gives green light to legal challenge by CCG of walk-in centre

A High Court judge has given a campaigner from Corby permission to challenge plans to downgrade her local urgent walk in centre.

The local clinical commissioning group (CCG) intends to make the centre an extended hours primary care overflow service.

Law firm Leigh Day, which is acting for Lyn Buckingham, claim that the CCG failed to undertake a public consultation prior to making the changes to the services provided at the Corby Urgent Care Centre.

“The proposed service would no longer be a walk-in service, access would be by appointment via the telephone, there will no longer be any clinical triage with a person’s need for a same day appointment will be determined by a non-medical telephonist. Clinical bays for observation at the centre would also be lost,” the firm said.

Leigh Day said the CCG had failed to comply with its equality duties when making these changes.

Rowan Smith from Leigh Day said: "The people of Corby represented by our client's campaign group were repeatedly promised by the CCG that it would consult them before making any changes to the urgent care service they rely on.

“Our clients believe that by downgrading the centre, from a walk-in facility with medically trained triage to a telephone service only, after no consultation, is unlawful.

“We are also very pleased that our client will benefit from a cap on her costs liability, thanks to the court agreeing that this claim has been brought in the public interest."

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