Bromley parents were left shocked on 2 September when they turned up to their local health visitor drop in baby clinics only to find them closed without warning. The service had previously been run by Bromley Healthcare as part of the health visiting services but these services were moved to Oxleas trust on 1 October after the contract had quietly been put out to tender by the Council earlier this year.
The “drop in” baby clinics have been reduced by 60% since 2014 when 18 such clinics a week were run across the Borough; that was reduced to 11 clinics in 2015 and is now down to just 7 clinics a week with the loss of popular clinics at the Beckenham Beacon and The Willows. There has been no public or user consultation or communication about these changes to much used services.
One service user commented: “Shocked by the lack of locations for HV services… with a new baby the last thing you want to do is travel a long way for check ups. I live in BR4 and we recently lost the Addington Road location and now the beacon!...[this is] just isolating the community by discouraging mums from attending regular check ups…“ and another said: “I am shocked by the blatant disregard for the community as well as the lack of communication around this topic”.
Bromley Lib Dems are appalled by the poor handling of this transition between service providers and the apparent cutting of much needed services without any warning or public consultation. We will be demanding explanations from the Council and Oxleas and will report back when we know more. Help us hold them to account and let us know how these cuts have affected you.
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