Lincoln SU President responds to Walk-In Centre closure

Kudzai Muzangaza, President of the University of Lincoln’s Students’ Union, has expressed his ‘extreme disappointment’ after it was announced that Lincoln’s Walk-In Centre will close at the end of next month.

In a statement, Kudzai Muzangaza said he was ‘optimistic’ that the CCG ‘would take heed of the voices of the citizens of Lincoln, who were vehemently against the proposed closure’. Photo: Liam O’Dell.

On Wednesday, commissioners at Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) confirmed that the centre – based on Monks Road – will close on February 25.

In a statement, Kudzai said he was ‘optimistic’ that the CCG ‘would take heed of the voices of the citizens of Lincoln, who were vehemently against the proposed closure’.

“This was shown through the petitions, protests and letters addressed to government officials as well as the mobilisation of students and local residents alike,” he said.

Kudzai then went on to add that he believes Lincolnshire West CCG has ‘a lot of work to do’ to reassure Lincoln students that ‘health care services will improve’.

He said: “For the majority of students, we are aware that they are registered at the University Practice and we, as an SU, are keen to ensure that the practice best serves its key users.

“Undoubtedly there is a long way to go, however we will strive to do our part in ensuring that we are campaigning and representing the needs of our membership – especially in improving access to key resources in the city; health care being one of them.”

Lincoln SU are reminding those concerned about the walk-in centre’s closure that the University Health Centre are ‘always on hand’ to help, and that students can also download the ‘SystmOnline’ medical app on their mobile device.

Students can register to join the University Health Centre online via. the Campus Doctor website.

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