Recognition Centre plans scrapped

A project to help support some of Peterborough's most vulnerable people has been scrapped - because the city's NHS trust is in so much debt.

The Bridge Street health centre was going to to help addicts and the homeless with medical care as well as offering courses and training on how to get back into work - and the East of England Development Agency had been offering £1.2 million in funding to kick start the project.

But NHS Peterborough - which is some £10 million in debt and needs to save £27 million over the next year - has dropped its commitment to provide on-going funding to the project.

A spokesperson said: "NHS Peterborough will no longer be progressing with plans for the Recognition Centre, following a review in the light of the current financial situation.

"We will however, progress work to improve services for socially excluded groups in partnership with Peterborough City Council, EEDA, and other agencies."

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