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Clacton MP leads GP delegation
12:00pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
DOCTORS from Tendring have met with health secretary Jeremy Hunt to discuss issues affecting services in the district.
Clacton MP Douglas Carswell led a delegation of GPs from Clacton, Walton and Thorpe to meet the minister at the Department of Health.
During an hour long discussion the GPs outlined their concerns about some local services and shared their ideas about what needs to change.
“Many local people are rightly concerned about GP services” said Mr Carswell.
“Having listened, I decided to take action and took a group of local doctors straight to the top.
“They were able to sit in the minister’s office and talk directly to him”.
“Patients should not always be expected to stand in line and wait in order to get the health care they need.
“Local GPs should also be incentivised to provide out-of-hours support so that patients do not feel they have to go to Colchester hospital to get out of hours treatment.”
Mr Carswell said Mr Hunt and the GPs agreed that GP contracts are too prescriptive, and do not always take into account the needs of our area, which has a high number of elderly patients.