Concern over lack of Thurrock GPs

First published in News by

CONCERNS have been raised at the lack of GPs operating across Thurrock.

There are currently 1,952 people seeing each GP in the borough, on average more than 400 per doctor over the national average. It is thought that there are around 80 GPs operating in just over 40 surgeries in Thurrock - meaning booking an appointment can be a challenge.

Councillors say they concerned at the lack of GPs but are looking to challenge the shortage, with the council having taken over responsibility for Public Health in Thurrock in April. However, GPs are the responsibility of the new NHS England Essex team.

Cllr Barbara Rice, portfolio holder for health said: “In December, Thurrock had three practices in the bottom ten per cent across the whole Midlands and East Region and with the next survey due out shortly.”

Cllr Hebb, shadow health portfolio holder, added: “We want to put the health of Thurrock people at the top of every agenda and that means having enough top-quality GP services and enough GPs to provide those services for all our residents.”

“When people find it difficult to get a quick appointment at their GP there is an increased tendency for them to head straight to A&E and that’s something the government, the NHS and everybody working in health and care is trying hard to prevent.”

Improving primary care is one of the Thurrock Health and Wellbeing Board’s priorities and with the first draft of the Essex Primary Care Strategy due to be consulted upon soon, the council will be asked its views.

Workshops could be held in Thurrock as part of the plans.

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:39am Wed 11 Sep 13

Bill184 says...

Making an appointment can be a challenge thats an understatement...... I have to phone an 0845 number to be told hold please we're extremely visit and then get told i can have an appointment in just over a weeks time, if i ask for an emergency appointment for that day i have to run a barrage of questions from the receptionist to see if im a valid emergency case no wonder people resort to a & e!!!!!!!!
Making an appointment can be a challenge thats an understatement...... I have to phone an 0845 number to be told hold please we're extremely visit and then get told i can have an appointment in just over a weeks time, if i ask for an emergency appointment for that day i have to run a barrage of questions from the receptionist to see if im a valid emergency case no wonder people resort to a & e!!!!!!!! Bill184
  • Score: 0

4:19pm Thu 12 Sep 13

Marcus P says...

There has been a 15% increase in the population of this area over the past ten mainly due to mass immigration.

No wonder getting an appointment is difficult!

In an ideal world all non Brits should be made to take out private health insurance until they have paid in to the tax coffers for at least ten years.

The NHS was never meant to be the WHS.
There has been a 15% increase in the population of this area over the past ten mainly due to mass immigration. No wonder getting an appointment is difficult! In an ideal world all non Brits should be made to take out private health insurance until they have paid in to the tax coffers for at least ten years. The NHS was never meant to be the WHS. Marcus P
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree