Published: 19th Jan 2021

Empty town centre high streets should be used to establish ‘health hubs’ containing GP surgeries, social care services and gyms, according to a new report. The report by the Social Market Foundation (SMF) says that the closure of high street stores and changes to office life should prompt a rethink about better ways to deliver public services including healthcare in town centres. ‘Without significant change, we face the prospect of urban degeneration across the country, with a high proportion of vacant commercial real estate and reduced footfall in town and city centres,’ the report states. It urges policymakers to use the power of the public sector to establish new service ‘hubs’ on high streets. The SMF cited examples where local authorities and healthcare bodies are already developing such hubs, which it suggested could be a model for other areas in future. It cites the example of the City of Wolverhampton … (To read the full article, subscribe below)