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Havering named as worst area in England for making GP appointments

PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 March 2017

Havering named as the worst in England for seeing GPs. Picture: Dominic Lipinski

Havering named as the worst in England for seeing GPs. Picture: Dominic Lipinski

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Havering has been labelled as the worst area in England for seeing GPs with almost 50per cent of practices considered below average.

After comparing the results of more than 6,400 inspection reports made by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating GP surgeries, the Health Service Journal (HSJ) has provided a

breakdown of the best and worst boroughs for booking an appointment.

Of the 31 surgeries rated by the NHS watchdog in Havering, 48.4pc of practices were given an “inadequate” or “requires improvement” rating.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell said: “I am really aghast – this shows that something is really badly wrong and do have concerns that residents are not able to see their GPs.

“Clearly, we have got an increasing and older population which is having an impact on people making appointments.

“This needs to be investigated immediately.”

A spokeswoman of the Havering Clinical Commissioning Group told the Recorder it is “committed” to making improvements in the borough.

She said: “The area has many challenges – including difficulties with GP recruitment, and a diverse, ageing, rapidly growing population with complex health needs – but we are committed to improving the overall picture and giving people equal access to quality services no matter where they live.

“We won’t see big changes overnight but we believe that a strong focus on improving quality and a commitment to sharing good ideas and helping each other, will drive up standards for the future.”

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