Concerns about West Kingsdown Medical Centre

Responding to the current uncertainty about West Kingsdown Medical Centre, Michael said: “I am concerned about the situation facing the residents of West Kingsdown.  I have received representations from a number of constituents, whom I have advised to participate in the current consultation process.  I have also written to NHS England to request further information and clarification on the subject.”

Assurances Needed on Closure of Knole Centre

Michael has expressed concerns about the closure of the Knole Centre in his Sevenoaks constituency.

The centre provides neuro-rehabilitation care for patients across West Kent.  It is run by Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), which announced its intention to close the service earlier this year.  This has taken place early due to concerns about safe staffing over Christmas.

Michael said: “Clearly this is not an ideal situation.  People will be understandably concerned about the closure of the service just before Christmas.  Ultimately, patient safety has to come first.  If the Knole Centre is unable to guarantee patient safety then it is right that it closes.

I am confident that significant planning has gone into managing the immediate situation but I will be seeking assurances that the new permanent services will provide a high quality of local, personal care.”