Member of Parliament for Clacton

Douglas Carswell

13 FEB 2017

Clacton MP calls for better doctor retention

Douglas Carswell has called on the government to ensure that GP surgeries are able to keep doctors in areas with an older population.

In a written question to the junior health minister, David Mowat, Douglas asked whether the government had drawn up a strategy.

In response, the minister said:

"The Department does not have a specific policy on the retention of general practitioner practices in areas with an elderly demographic" but that the Department of Health was also "investing £40 million over four years targeted at supporting practice resilience."

North East Essex CCG is currently consulting on whether to close the Minor Injuries Unit at Clacton Hospital.

Douglas went to say that:

"For many reasons, older folk struggle to make appointments that are far from their home. GP surgeries need to be properly staffed to handle the needs of elderly patients.

"The closure of Clacton's Minor Injuries Unit might mean even more pressure on primary care providers.

"Sadly, many of the problems which I made clear to Jeremy Hunt some years ago have now come to pass."

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