12:00pm Thursday 17th October 2013
A SURGERY manager in Frinton says GPs in the area are under pressure because new doctors are reluctant to move to the area.
Frinton’s Caradoc Surgery in Station Approach is at least two doctors short.
The surgery, which has just over 8,000 patients on its books, currently has three permanent doctors on staff.
At one point the surgery had six doctors working there.
But the shortage is not by choice. Bosses say they have been trying to recruit new GPs but are struggling.
Practice manager Sue Mitson said: “We are certainly trying to recruit more doctors but it is proving to be very difficult for us.
“We have three doctors working here, including two partners and another GP, but we are two short of what we would like.
“We have advertised the positions wherever we can but we have just had no bites. It is a real struggle at the moment.
“Several other surgeries nearby are struggling too. A shortage of doctors has become a real issue in Tendring.
“We are trying to keep appointments as best we can and we are using locums to try to make up for the shortfall.
“It is not ideal but it is a better option than leaving patients with nothing while we do everything we can to bring new doctors in.”
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