ANGRY community leaders are calling for action after the only breast cancer screening unit in the Five Towns was moved due to vandalism.
Castleford councillor Mark Burns-Williamson and Insp David Bugg, of Castleford neighbourhood policing team (NPT) are urging organisations to work together to reinstate the mobile facility at the town’s Riverside Medical Centre – which was transferred to Rothwell after being targeted by thieves on three occasions in three months.
Coun Burns-Williamson said: “I’ve been contacted by a number of concerned residents who have said they are now having to go to Seacroft for their screening appointments.
“After speaking to the manager at the Riverside surgery I know there has been a problem with thieves stealing copper cable. We need to find a way to address this problem.”
The councillor and Insp Bugg have been speaking to NHS Wakefield District to try to find a new location for the mobile unit.
Dr Graham Sutton, NHS Wakefield District’s consultant in public health, said: “The breast screening service, which screens eligible women every three years, runs from a combination of static sites and mobile units.
“Riverside Medical Centre, until recently hosted one of the mobile units. This had to be temporarily resited due to repeated criminal activity which not only resulted in the expense of repair but also caused disruption to services. The move allowed screening to continue without further disruption.
“We are already in the process of identifying an alternative local venue for when the mobile unit returns to the Five Towns area in May to begin the next round of screening appointments.
“We would welcome the return of the unit to Riverside Medical Centre and will be meeting the police, local councillor and the practice to look at any additional security measures that could be put in place to make this possible, on top of those previously taken following advice from the police.”