More GPs and better primary care needed in Lancashire

More GPs and better primary care needed in Lancashire

There is a severe need to hire more GPs in Witham, Essex and investment is needs to be made in order to fund and support the required recruitment.

MP for Witham Ms Priti Patel said that she had written to NHS England requesting funds from the £500 million package the body is planning to spend on primary care in the country, reports Gazette News.

She, along with other healthcare experts, said that the area is lacking in a multi-purpose healthcare facility.

It's a place that she feels would definitely benefit from this and she is aiming for the town to receive a share of this package fund in order to facilitate it.

There are the beginnings of a programme in place to take care of this lack of facilities, which has been highlighted by Dr Alistair Lipp, medical director for NHS England in the east.

A plan - yet to be implemented - will be called GP Forward View and will aim to encourage and improve GP recruitment across Essex and throughout England.

He commented: "This national programme will require us to continue to learn and respond to changing circumstances in primary care. Our focus now is getting on and delivering it so that practices and patients in Essex can start to feel the difference."

Dr Lipp stated previously that GP Forward View is going to be a substantial package of investment, which will be resourced over five years.

A ten-point plan has been constructed by NHS England, Health Education England, the General Practitioners Committee and the Royal College of General Practitioners to address how the GP workforce will be built in the east of England.

Plans include helping to develop other professions in the healthcare industry to move things along for primary care.

These roles include clinical pharmacists, nurse practitioners and Physician Associates, among others.