At the latest meeting of the Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee, on which I sit, councillors were informed that a number of general practices in Peterborough, were facing a range of issues, and were basically under pressure!
We were told that:
- A number of practices were “identified as requiring support to become more resilient.”
- 10 local practices had recently received resilience support for 2016/17, to the tune of £145,381.
- There were worries about buildings and whether they could cope with the organisational changes that have occurred in recent years.
- With councillors being told that there “is a perception that the current estate is not flexible enough to cope with either the new growth anticipated and/or new models of care, which will see increased provision of care in the community…“
Personally, I’ve lost count of the number of changes, organisational restructures, renames etc over the last decade within the local NHS.
Whilst their is no magic pill, I do believe that Peterborough City Council must start making clear efforts to:
- Focus resources on services to provide care closer to home and deliver a truly 21st-century health system.
- Work towards a new model of community care that takes into account not only primary care but also social care and mental health.
- Increase funding to GP services to ensure patients can access the care they need.
- Halt pharmacy cuts and review provision to ensure all patients have access to pharmacy services, particularly in deprived or remote communities in our city.
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