Volunteers were out in force this Saturday as part of a final push to help save the much-loved Guildhall Walk-In centre from closure. The local clinical commissioning group is currently consulting on the future of the healthcare centre in the heart of Portsmouth which is threatened with closure to save money.
Labour Party members and friends were out and about in Commercial Road talking to hundreds of local people and encouraging them to sign local Labour’s petition.
Stephen Morgan, Labour’s local election candidate for Charles Dickens ward this May, who organised the street stall, said:
“Despite the cold and wet conditions we’ve had a fantastic response from residents today with people stopping in the rain to be part of our campaign to save the Guildhall Walk-In centre. We’ve heard so many stories about how the centre has helped people’s lives it’s imperative the clinical commissioning group listens to what people across this city is telling them, and keep the centre open…
…It was also great to have Mr Laly, of Lalys Pharmacy, here in support too. Mr Laly runs a successful pharmacy on Guildhall Walk and he knows only too well how important the walk-in is to fellow residents, students, visitors to the city and the homeless. As the deadline for the consultation looms, we’ll continue to work together to ensure local people’s voices are heard, and fight to keep the centre open”.
The CCG’s consultation closes on Friday 19 February 2016. To sign the petition visit the Portsmouth Labour Party website or directly at http://tiny.cc/8imy4x