Improving Health Services

Thurrock needs more accessible GPs

Basildon hospital improving, now lets improve our GPs.

Central to establishing good health provision is a strong network of GPs who know their patients and make sure that they manage their care. When that fails there is more burden on our hospitals.

Here in Thurrock we have a shortage of GPs – partly because we aren’t doing enough to attract them, and partly because GP practices aren’t delivering enough to meet local demand.

This Government has introduced inspection of GP practices and we will be making sure that when they take responsibility for more patients they make sure they have the staff in the practice to meet demand. They get the money to do so. They must invest in their practices so that patients can see their GP when they need to.

We also must ensure that our health services are as accessible to residents as possible which is why we need to build for new buildings across Thurrock which can deliver the specialist services close to home.