Update on Shepway GP Crisis

The Folkestone GP Crisis continues…

After a clerical error and a two-week delay, confusing letters were received by patients. The request by 7 out of 8 of Folkestone GP surgeries to close their lists has been denied and they are being forcibly allocated these displaced patients. The GPs are appealing this decision, so we have to watch this space.

We have continued to push the issue, to ask questions, and take action

On 21st September we held a Public Meeting about the crisis. It was very well attended and gave people the opportunity to air their concerns, receive the information we had worked hard to find for them, and suggest ideas for action. These ideas were recorded and circulated. There was a fantastic write-up in the Folkestone Herald too.

On 26th September a protest was organised at the Leas Cliff Hall where Damian Collins was holding his annual jobs fair. His absence has been felt strongly by his constituents, and his surgery times were not on his website, so it was felt that the best way to speak to him was to go where he was. This was a cross-party protest, organised by Hayley Lewis and fellow constituents. The team gave out leaflets and spoke to passers-by on the Leas, who were very receptive and willing to share their stories about the GP crisis. Then some of the group were able to speak to Damian Collins inside the Leas Cliff Hall and videoed some of the conversation which is available here.  His surgery times were on his website within 12 hours.

Meanwhile in Brighton, Laura and the team were taking the Folkestone GP Crisis to the top at Labour Conference 2017. We spoke to shadow cabinet members, journalists and the leader of the Labour party Jeremy Corbyn. You can watch our video here.

Future action:

South Kent CCG Meetings
Wednesday 11th October, 2 – 5pm, Hythe Imperial (Ballroom) — we have put forward nine questions and will report back on our findings. If you are able to attend, please do.
Wednesday 13th December, 2 – 5pm, The Grand. If you would like to put forward any questions you can do this yourself, or send them to us by 6th December.

If you want to ask a question: Written questions are preferable and should be submitted three working days before the meeting by completing the online form (here) or by emailing skcccg.gb@nhs.net

Primary Care Commissioning Committee
18th October, 2 – 4pm, venue TBA. Again please submit questions yourself or send them to us by 11th October.

Surgeries
Damian Collins holds drop-in surgeries on the first and third Fridays of the month between 4pm and 7pm. To book call 0207 219 7072 or email damian.collins.mp@parliament.uk

Health and Care Community Conference – your health services need you!
4th November From 2pm, Christchurch school, Brockman Road, CT20 1DJ
Do you want to know more about what is happening to health and care provision in our community? Do you want to do something about it?

Come together with community and campaign groups to share information and ideas. Stalls welcome. Hosted by Folkestone and Hythe Labour.

Having trouble getting a new doctor? Experiencing issues with depleted local health & care provision? We would like to hear from you: Please get in touch with us and tell us of your experience so we can build a picture of how the impact of the cuts and GP shortage is affecting people in Shepway.

 

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