Fears raised over lack of doctors near site of 144 new homes

CONCERNS have been raised about a lack of permanent doctors at a Basildon surgery which could soon be inundated with new patients.

Existing patients say the Gore surgery in the town centre is already bursting at the seams and is without a permanent doctor.

They worry the problems will only get worse when people start moving in to the 144 new homes being built at nearby Gloucester Park.

Andrew Buxton, 42, of Roodegate, Basildon, couldn’t get a place at the surgery, but he takes his mother, who lives in a care home, along.

He said: “My mother wants to know what is going on. Everytime she has an appointment at the surgery she is seen by a different person.

“She is getting to the point where she just wants a bit of consistency because she never gets the same doctor.

“A new surgery is needed in the town centre because, with the new homes on Gloucester Park, where are all these extra people meant to find a doctor?”

Phil Rackley, Labour ward councillor for St Martin’s, has been inundated with complaints from patients who want to know what is going on.

He said: “We need to seriously think about what is going on, especially with 144 new homes being built.”

Basildon Council says it is looking at extra health care provision in its masterplan.

Ian Stidston, Director of Primary Care at NHS South Essex, said: “Unfortunately, we do have a problem with recruiting a full-time permanent GP to the Gore surgery in Basildon and locum GPs have been used for the last two years.

“We do use long term locums as much as possible to give continuity of care to patients. We can reassure patients that locums are expected to deliver the same standard of care to their patients as a salaried GP.

“We have had difficulties recruiting to this surgery due to a number of factors, which we are trying to address.

“We are in the process of finding a new provider to manage the practice as part of a procurement process which will see all GP surgeries run by the PCT transfer to new management. We hope this will provide a more stable future for the Gore and its patients.”

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10:19am Wed 13 Jun 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

The Gore isn't actually in the Town Centre.....
The Gore isn't actually in the Town Centre..... The Cater Wood Creeper

10:30am Wed 13 Jun 12

E-Types says...

The Cater Wood Creeper wrote:
The Gore isn't actually in the Town Centre.....
And the issue in the article?
[quote][p][bold]The Cater Wood Creeper[/bold] wrote: The Gore isn't actually in the Town Centre.....[/p][/quote]And the issue in the article? E-Types

12:41pm Wed 13 Jun 12

Soouthchurch59 says...

Concerns should be raised in *all* surgeries full stop!

I don't know who it was that came up with the bright idea to let doctors opt out of working evenings and weekends in exchange for a two grand cut in their already substantial wages, - but it's my guess that he/she/they, probably work in the same department as whoever is responsible for making sure that doctors have more time for fishing than ‘fixing’.
Concerns should be raised in *all* surgeries full stop! I don't know who it was that came up with the bright idea to let doctors opt out of working evenings and weekends in exchange for a two grand cut in their already substantial wages, - but it's my guess that he/she/they, probably work in the same department as whoever is responsible for making sure that doctors have more time for fishing than ‘fixing’. Soouthchurch59

6:29pm Wed 13 Jun 12

jolllyboy says...

Welcome to the NHS 21st century.
Welcome to the NHS 21st century. jolllyboy

10:52pm Wed 13 Jun 12

Last Poster says...

Many of the residents here have moved to a more distant surgery because of this ongoing problem. Misdiagnosis, prescribing incorrect medicines, taking me of the heart condition watch list are just some of the stupid mistakes made here.
Also, the reference to the Town Centre is because this surgery is the one that town centre residents register to. This will include the new houses on our park. Bet they get an English GP or two included in their price!
Many of the residents here have moved to a more distant surgery because of this ongoing problem. Misdiagnosis, prescribing incorrect medicines, taking me of the heart condition watch list are just some of the stupid mistakes made here. Also, the reference to the Town Centre is because this surgery is the one that town centre residents register to. This will include the new houses on our park. Bet they get an English GP or two included in their price! Last Poster

1:07pm Fri 15 Jun 12

Dids says...

Last Poster wrote:
Many of the residents here have moved to a more distant surgery because of this ongoing problem. Misdiagnosis, prescribing incorrect medicines, taking me of the heart condition watch list are just some of the stupid mistakes made here.
Also, the reference to the Town Centre is because this surgery is the one that town centre residents register to. This will include the new houses on our park. Bet they get an English GP or two included in their price!
English GP!!!!!!!! are there any?
[quote][p][bold]Last Poster[/bold] wrote: Many of the residents here have moved to a more distant surgery because of this ongoing problem. Misdiagnosis, prescribing incorrect medicines, taking me of the heart condition watch list are just some of the stupid mistakes made here. Also, the reference to the Town Centre is because this surgery is the one that town centre residents register to. This will include the new houses on our park. Bet they get an English GP or two included in their price![/p][/quote]English GP!!!!!!!! are there any? Dids

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