"Our GP shortage is becoming a crisis"

Gazette: "Our GP shortage is becoming a crisis" "Our GP shortage is becoming a crisis"

A DOCTOR shortage crisis has turned routine healthcare into a nightmare, it has been claimed.

The number of permanent doctors staffing GP surgeries in Frinton and Walton has dropped to an all-time low.

With surgery bosses struggling to recruit newdoctors to the area, they are forced to rely on expensive locums.

Residents who use the surgeries regularly say it has become unbearable.

Valerie Brunt, of Southcroft Close, Kirby Cross, lost her local surgery in Kirby last year when a lack of staff forced it to close.

She suffers from persistent problems with arthritis, but has struggled to see a doctor since.

Now her nearest surgery is Caradoc, in Frinton, which is down to one permanent doctor for more than 8,000 residents, making appointments hard to come by.

Valerie said: “If I need an appointment now I would have to go over to Walton. A lot of people are having to do the same and you have to queue for a long time. They only let you make appointments first thing in the morning and in the afternoon.

“That’s hard for people who don’t drive and must fit around the bus times.

“I’ve had to start trying to sort myself out because I just cannot easily see a doctor, but that is not an option for some people. It has become a nightmare.”

But residents are worried about the future of their health services.

Valerie added: “I’ve been to all the meetings and written to our MP. It seems doctors just don’t want to come here. It is worrying and quite scary because we don’t know how bad this is going to get.”

NHS England has previously said it is aware of the problem and is working to improve the situation for patients.

Representatives are working with the GP surgeries and have met with Frinton and Walton Town Council to find a solution. A spokesman said NHS England was developing a long-term strategy to attract more GPs to the area.

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2:27pm Mon 13 Jan 14

co2 says...

Wimpole road surgery offer no appointments monday to thursday you turn up and wait.This morning it was a 2 hour wait with only 2 gp's in attendance.
Wimpole road surgery offer no appointments monday to thursday you turn up and wait.This morning it was a 2 hour wait with only 2 gp's in attendance. co2

2:43pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

co2 wrote:
Wimpole road surgery offer no appointments monday to thursday you turn up and wait.This morning it was a 2 hour wait with only 2 gp's in attendance.
My wife and kids were previous registered there. It's one of the worst. I understand from a number of people that the receptionists are particularly obtuse.
[quote][p][bold]co2[/bold] wrote: Wimpole road surgery offer no appointments monday to thursday you turn up and wait.This morning it was a 2 hour wait with only 2 gp's in attendance.[/p][/quote]My wife and kids were previous registered there. It's one of the worst. I understand from a number of people that the receptionists are particularly obtuse. Ritchie_Hicks

2:54pm Mon 13 Jan 14

LeQueen says...

Some places aren't as attractive to work in. The answer is obvious, pay a higher salary.
Some places aren't as attractive to work in. The answer is obvious, pay a higher salary. LeQueen

3:31pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

LeQueen wrote:
Some places aren't as attractive to work in. The answer is obvious, pay a higher salary.
GP's work less hours now than they ever have done, and get paid as much as ever before.
[quote][p][bold]LeQueen[/bold] wrote: Some places aren't as attractive to work in. The answer is obvious, pay a higher salary.[/p][/quote]GP's work less hours now than they ever have done, and get paid as much as ever before. Ritchie_Hicks

3:43pm Mon 13 Jan 14

scottyb211 says...

And they have the cheek to fine the Ambulance Service for not achieving in the area.. Hmmm.. Maybe if a GP appt / visit was possible then the rest of the NHS may not be under so much pressure as patients could have their needs addressed in the community rather than already broken A&E departments.. (Just a thought..)
And they have the cheek to fine the Ambulance Service for not achieving in the area.. Hmmm.. Maybe if a GP appt / visit was possible then the rest of the NHS may not be under so much pressure as patients could have their needs addressed in the community rather than already broken A&E departments.. (Just a thought..) scottyb211

4:28pm Mon 13 Jan 14

25414nora says...

I recall only a few years ago, we experienced a chronic shortage of NHS Dentists, it was nigh on impossible to get NHS treatment unless you were willing to sigh up to a costly private plan.
Then along came a flood of fully qualified dental practitioners from Eastern Europe. Hence today NHS dentists are plentiful, and are actually competing for patients.
Perhaps our government should look in the same direction to counter the "closed Shop" attitude of our pampered G.Ps and their rude over protective surgery assistants.
I recall only a few years ago, we experienced a chronic shortage of NHS Dentists, it was nigh on impossible to get NHS treatment unless you were willing to sigh up to a costly private plan. Then along came a flood of fully qualified dental practitioners from Eastern Europe. Hence today NHS dentists are plentiful, and are actually competing for patients. Perhaps our government should look in the same direction to counter the "closed Shop" attitude of our pampered G.Ps and their rude over protective surgery assistants. 25414nora

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