Member of Parliament for Clacton

Douglas Carswell

13 MAR 2017

Clacton MP to urge action on GP surgeries

Local MP Douglas Carswell will this week ask ministers about the poor state of general practice provision in Clacton.

In a Westminster Hall debate on Tuesday afternoon, Douglas will demand that the Department of Health takes urgent action to address the shortage of GPs and surgeries in the constituency.

Some local surgeries took the decision to stop adding new patients to their books over the last two years. The issue could be compounded with the potential closure of Clacton Hospital's Minor Injuries Unit.

Before the debate, Douglas made clear:

"All too often, folk in Clacton simply cannot access a GP near to them.

"I'll be making clear to ministers that people must be able to access a GP.

"It creates a virtuous circle: more patients seen at surgeries means less of a need to visit Colchester A&E. In turn, those who need emergency care have better access to it.

"For too long, our part of Essex has been overlooked. It's time health ministers responded to local needs, rather than offering the usual platitudes."

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