I have called on new Health Secretary Matt Hancock to honour the Government’s promise to give Enfield its fair share of extra GPs by 2020, following growing pressure on local health services.
Read my letter below.
Due to Government cuts, people in Enfield are facing a year-round crisis in access to local, public health services.
The situation facing our community is clear: people are struggling to see their GP when they need to and our vital A&Es are coming under more pressure to meet the demands of a growing population.
In my letter to the Health Secretary, I raised concern over Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) August 2018 GP Patient Survey, which found that just 78% of patients rated the CCG as good – compared to 84% nationally.
The results echo the findings of my own 2016 GP Patient Survey, which found that 58% of respondents faced difficulty getting a GP appointment.
I have repeatedly challenged Government Ministers about the need for extra GPs and greater investment in our borough’s health services.
When I raised this issue in the House of Commons Chamber in February 2017, where she was promised by a Government Health Minister that Enfield would receive its ‘fair share’ of extra GPs by 2020.
The Government must honour their promise to the people of Enfield so that our community will get the extra GPs we require to keep up with demand.