Questions from the Labour Party to the local Clinical Commissioning Group have revealed that only 2000 Folkestone East Family Practice patients had been allocated to a new GP practice by the end of last week.
Folkestone East family practice, which has close to 5000 patients, closes on 31st October.
In reply to written questions, the CCG confirmed that, “as of 19 October 2017 approximately 2000 allocations have been made to local surgeries.”
Labour has learned that some of those without allocations include mums who are sole carers for small children.
A reminder letter is due to go out to patients but the CCG has admitted it will be continuing to register people after the 31st October. They said: “The CCG will continue to arrange GP registration after 31st October 2017 for all patients that do not have a practice (similar to how the CCG already manages this for all new Folkestone residents).”
In response to the information, Laura Davison, Labour’s 2017 General Election candidate for Folkestone & Hythe, said:
“We are being contacted by patients who still haven’t heard anything since they sent off their preference forms. If you are a parent with small children that is really worrying. Much of the anxiety is being caused unnecessarily by the fact we are just days away from the closure. We know that concerns about the GP recruitment crisis were raised with Damian Collins and others two years ago, yet here we are. Meanwhile at the same time we read that the former Royal Victoria hospital site is to be sold off for housing, and that developments across the constituency are ploughing ahead despite the community crying out loudly and quite rightly — where will the doctors we need come from?”
Labour is organising a Community Conference on health and care on Saturday 4th November at Christchurch school, Brockman road from 2pm. All welcome.