I am delighted to announce that from this spring Cambridge and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be piloting a scheme to transform our MIU sites at Wisbech, Doddington and Ely, into Local Urgent Care Service (LUCS) hubs, with the view to integrate community services in the future. This forward thinking will make for a more efficient and convenient healthcare provision for constituents.
During the summer I raised concerns that the CCG were considering plans to close the MIU services at Wisbech, Doddington and Ely. After holding numerous meetings and a health roundtable with the CCG, GPs and South East Cambridgeshire MP, Lucy Frazer QC all agreed to consider my proposal to transform the current MIU sites into healthcare hubs, rather than closing them. This has been very successful elsewhere in the country and effectively addresses the CCG’s budgetary requirements while improving healthcare provision in our area. This is a fantastic announcement and is the result of tireless work from myself and my office in conjunction with the CCG.
I would like to thank Dr Gary Howsam and Tracy Dowling as Chair and Chief Exec of the CCG for listening and acting on the feedback from the community and all the residents who came the public meetings over the summer. This is a pilot, so there will be more work to do, but is a huge step forward.