Health centre delay ‘beyond a joke’

New Colne Health Centre.'Photo Ben Parsons
New Colne Health Centre.'Photo Ben Parsons
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Delays in the opening of Colne’s new health centre were getting beyond a joke, a leading councillor said.

Coun. Tony Greaves told Pendle Council’s Colne and District Committee that such a situation would not have arisen under previous administrations such as the Primary Care Trust.

“Nothing seems to be happening. We now have some national bureaucracy with an office in Manchester making decisions. It’s ridiculous,” he said.

Coun. Graham Roach said he had spoken to a GP in the current health centre about the position and was told nothing had changed in the last two months.

He also criticised Lancashire County Council for refusing to meet with Pendle’s scrutiny panel to discuss car parking arrangements in the area around the new Craddock Road centre.