Keep Sandyford Castlemilk Open

Keep Sandyford Castlemilk Open

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Women Against Capitalism started this petition to James Dornan MSP

Sandyford Castlemilk provides sexual, reproductive and emotional health care to the community including testing and treatment, contraception and gynaecology services, as well as a walk-in service for young people. Providing a vital service that has the highest uptake of use across the city. It is now facing a 3 month closure, lasting till April 2019, along with Pollok and Drumchapel services.

This means the nearest service in Govanhill, is a 30 minute journey from the current Castlemilk service and £2.40 for a one-way adult ticket, a barrier to a community where 1 in 4 local people are said to be facing financial hardship, more than double the Scottish average (2017).

Our fear is that this temporary closure becomes permanent and has a severe impact on the people of Castlemilk's health. Castlemilk has a high population of young people, including almost 30% in low income families (2015). They were able to access a walk-in Sandyford service in Castlemilk supported by youth workers but this is also part of the current service closure, meaning young people are missing out on their right to health including emergency contraception and referral to other services such as specialist counselling. 

Castlemilk is also one of the few Sandyford services open later hours, usually open to 8pm it is an essential services to those in employment, education or daily caring responsibilities who are unable to access others across the city due to limited opening hours. 

We want to make sure that our community, along with others, does not face this further cut, widening the existing health inequalities.

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