Garth Harkness

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Call for new Saddleworth Health Centre

by Garth Harkness on 16 December, 2020

At the Oldham council meeting on 16th December 2020 Councillor Garth Harkness asked:

I have been petitioning for a new health for Saddleworth for many years to both this council and the clinical commissioning group and on a number of occasions both have said they will look at this.

I raised it in 2018 with the rearrangement proposals of primary health care where clusters would be formed. Our budget amendment found some finances to make a new health centre in Saddleworth a possibility. Whilst the administration rejected the proposal, they did say they would look at this.

A new site was problematic, and I have always advocated the existing Saddleworth School site as a suitable location. and this should never have been considered for any land swap. Now that there has been a fortunate failure to reach agreement on a land swap this provides a real opportunity to build a new health centre for Saddleworth.

Will the Cabinet Member commit to making this a reality?

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