Parents protest over threat to popular baby clinic

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Mums and tots gathered outside a health centre on Monday to protest about plans to close down a popular baby clinic.

Backed by city MP Mark Lancaster, they are fighting to protect the health visitor-run clinic that has been available in Wolverton for decades.

Currently the clinic is held on Thursday mornings in the old health centre building, which is due to be replaced by a new £2.3 million purpose-build facility next month.

The new clinic is being built alongside the old one on the Gloucester Road site and will be around five times bigger.

But residents were dismayed to hear there were no plans for the NHS to transfer the baby clinic after the grand opening.

They contacted Mr Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes North, who wrote to the Secretary of State for Health and the Community Health Service asking them to reconsider the decision.

The Community Health Service this week offered to keep the service open until the end of November while users of the service are consulted about its future.

Mr Lancastersaid: “I am pleased that this valuable and well used service is remaining open a little longer while users are consulted as to the best way forward.

“It is clear that the current facilities on offer in Wolverton aren’t large enough and I am pleased the Community Health Service are looking to provide the best service they possibly can.”