A health centre in Tesco’s car park?

Posted on October 18, 2009. Filed under: Providers | Tags: |

By Richard Baum | 18 October 2009

For reasons beyond my comprehension, the world doesn’t stand still when I’m on holiday. In fact, lots of things have gone on in Prestwich whilst I’ve been away.

One of them is that a Planning application has been lodged by Care UK for the siting of a mobile Health Clinic at Tesco for a period of seven years. Yes, that’s right. Someone wants to stick a clinic in Tesco’s car park, so that you can shop for an x-ray as you shop for your spuds.

Details are sketchy at present but presumably it will be one of those mobile testing clinics – where you can get your blood pressure checked out or perhaps have more serious matters checked/tested for problems. I’ve got no problem with these at all, but we have an NHS walk-in centre up the road, and there’s talk of a LIFT centre, which would be an even better local NHS facility. Why are the NHS now looking to pay the private sector to set up shop in a supermarket car park until 2016? We’ve got a credit crunch on, haven’t we?

And I wonder how much Tesco are getting out of this… Perhaps enough for them to re-instate the recycling facility they’ve just had removed from the very same car park?

All a bit worrying…

Rick

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