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Health bosses keep centre open after newspaper campaign

Exeter campaignHealth bosses have kept open an NHS walk-in centre after a twice-weekly newspaper launched a campaign against plans to shut it.

The Exeter Express & Echo is celebrating after it was announced the centre in the city would remain open “for the foreseeable future”.

When it was revealed the centre was under threat earlier this month, the Echo launched a petition against the plans.

NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group says the review into the future of the service is now on hold while new national guidance is looked at.

Echo Editor Jon-Paul Hedge said: “It is brilliant news for residents of Exeter that the review of vital services at both of Exeter’s NHS Walk-In Centres are on hold.

“I’m pleased that we were in a position to help and raise awareness and get clarity.

“Before we launched our campaign, many people had spent many hours collecting signatures and speaking and writing passionately about the walk-in centres, especially the centrally placed one in Sidwell Street.

“This is a victory for all their hard work and passion.”

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  • September 4, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Brilliant. As a former London newspaper Editor, I have been reading this paper during my visits to my daughter and husband and my lovely granddaughter in between bits of freelance work.
    It still has a passion for local news and issues. Great stuff

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