I have urged health chiefs to step up efforts to attract more doctors to East Kent, calling for an inquiry into GP recruitment issues – following crunch talks over the future of Eastry Surgery. Imet with doctors, health chiefs and councillors on Thursday to discuss the practice's proposals to move all appointments to The Market Place Surgery in Sandwich.
I had previously written to the Eastry GPs highlighting villagers' worries over parking in Sandwich and public transport. The doctors told me they were meeting with Dover District Council to discuss tackling the concerns over parking. They also said that a nurse practitioner could potentially work out of the pharmacy in Eastry.
Meanwhile Cllr Sue Chandler told the meeting she is looking into how concerns over transport could be addressed with the help of local transport schemes and community bus services. The GPs said that Eastry Surgery had to close due to difficulties attracting more doctors. I have now asked Cllr Chandler, who chair Kent County Council's Health Overview Scrutiny Committee, to launch an inquiry into GP recruitment issues in South Kent.
We need to attract more GPs to our corner of Kent. That's why I fought so hard to help secure the new medical school, where more doctors and nurses will train and work locally. Yet we also need to tackle this issue right now. Local health chiefs must step up efforts to boost the number of GPs in Dover, Deal and the villages.
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