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GPs vow to improve access to health services
The new group in charge of health services has hinted at longer GP surgery opening hours and the extension of community based care.
Speaking at a public consultation meeting, Kamal Bishai, vice-chairman of the West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), described the previous system of delivery by primary care trusts as “deeply flawed”.
“There is definitely a need to improve communication,” the Chigwell GP added.
“Once my patients were admitted to hospital they get lost in the system, I had no idea what is happening.
CCG’s took over from strategic health authorities in April as part of government reforms aimed at putting GPs in charge of treatment delivery.
Christine Moss, CCG medical director, vowed to improve access to doctors, but said plans were at an early stage and would not be delivered for up to three years.
“Health care is delivered between 8.30am and 6.30pm. That will change,” she said.
“The exact model has not been decided but I am confident that that is the direction which we will travel.”
The group also promised a better relationship between GPs and Social Services so that vulnerable children and adults would receive proper care.
A strategy document is due to be published in November.
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