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Calls for more doctors as surgeries reach crisis point
3:00pm Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
CALLS have been made for major improvements to be made to struggling doctors surgery services across the area.
Councillors and MPs want to see reinforcements brought in to boost the ailing services.
Kirby councillor Robert Bucke claims the area is close to crisis point, with one surgery already closed due to a lack of staff.
He said: “Kirby Cross is shut due to a lack of staff, while Walton is short-staffed and people routinely have to queue outside Frinton’s Caradoc surgery because they can’t get through by phone.
“A few years ago we were talking about moving the Walton surgery to a bigger complex, now we haven’t got enough doctors to look after the one we have.
“This is an essential service and our residents deserve better. It is dreadful.
“We have a high proportion of elderly residents here and doctors who want to progress don’t want to come here. It is a big problem.”
MP Douglas Carswell has contacted health minister Jeremy Hunt to appeal for help.
He wants the area to be a part of new Government schemes, which include hiring 2,000 extra GPs and extending surgery opening hours.