U-turn keeps clinic open for another 12 months

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NEATH Hill family planning clinic has been given a 12-month stay of execution after a NHS U-turn on closure plans.

The facility was facing the axe as part of massive budget cuts facing the health service in Milton Keynes with bosses looking to cut spending by £22.6 million,

But support rallied for the centre with the NHS agreeing to keep it open until January 2012.

Last month, The Citizen warned of the potential closure of the clinic in Neath Hill, which prompted many regular patients and visitors to complain about the situation and voicing their concerns as part of a helath service consultation.

One mum said: “The young people of the city could be in real trouble as I’m sure many of them won’t go and talk to their own doctor because that would go on record.

“But the family planning service records are not passed on to GPs.”

At the time, the NHS said a new clinic could be opened, combining family planning services from across the city under one roof.

But after consulting with the public on the issue of budget cuts, the NHS has agreed to keep open the Neath Hill clinic for another 12 months, much to the relief of staff and the public.