Revealed: the crippling waits for doctors in Laindon and Wickford

Echo: Knights Surgery, which is a converted house Knights Surgery, which is a converted house

Doctors’ surgeries in Laindon and Wickford are at breaking point, the Echo can reveal.

Residents have told of long waits to see a doctor and, with 5,000 homes planned for both Wickford and Laindon, there are fears things will get even worse.

We can reveal there is just one doctor per 1,935 people in Laindon and one for every 1,767 people in Wickford.

This compares to a national average of one GP per 1,350 people and one for every 1,500 in Essex.

Tory Stephen Hillier, who represents Langdon Hills, in Laindon, said: “It is not uncommon to wait two weeks for a doctor’s appointment in Laindon.”

“I’ve heard from residents their symptoms have disappeared by the time they see a doctor. It is a bizarre situation.”

For 37,000 residents in Wickford, there are just seven practices – though London Road is to relocate to Market Road by 2016 – but the NHS has refused to say whether the new centre will be an expansion or just a move.

A total of 39,442 locals in Laindon have six practices to choose from, with Dr Marshall and Partners based in the Laindon Health Centre, off High Road, having seven doctors for 13,219 patients.

In Basildon Council’s Local Housing Plan, 2,450 homes in Laindon – mostly in the west towards Dunton – are either proposed to be built by 2031 or already have planning permission.

That includes 135 homes off Ballards Walk as announced last week by the Echo, with residents citing this as another example of Laindon being at bursting point.

However, the Echo can reveal the Knights Surgery in Knights, Laindon, will be relocated and extended to that new estate as part of the development – to hopefully help ease long waits.

Laindon resident Vic York added: “The Ballards Walk application will bring in an extra 135 families. We are going to be so oversubscribed and Laindon can’t cope with all this housing without the infrastructure to go with it.”

In Wickford, 2,450 homes are proposed to be built by 2031, with some already having planning permission.

On top this, there is the huge 560 house estate planned on the old Runwell Hospital Site, ratified by Chelsmford City Council.

Ukip’s Nigel Le Gresley, who represents Wickford Castledon, said: “With the continuing shortage of NHS budget and the apparent difficulties, for some reason, in recruiting GPs in Essex, it really worries me that Basildon Council is hellbent on increasing the Wickford population by 6,000 or so residents because of its reckless house building proposals.”

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9:06am Tue 25 Mar 14

beejiu says...

It also comes at a time when we've refused a mere 1% pay rise for NHS workers. If there's such a shortage, surely their wages should be going up?
It also comes at a time when we've refused a mere 1% pay rise for NHS workers. If there's such a shortage, surely their wages should be going up? beejiu
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9:24am Tue 25 Mar 14

dhd says...

It's a two week wait at Woodlands Surgery in Hockley. My husband was trying for days to get an appointment for a throat infection and in the end our GP's receptionist told him to go to St. Lukes walk in centre in Southend. They weren't very happy and questioned why he'd been sent there and rang Woodlands Surgery to complain. The GP at St. Lukes was very good though but did mention he should have had antibiotics days ago. It is absolutely ridiculous.
It's a two week wait at Woodlands Surgery in Hockley. My husband was trying for days to get an appointment for a throat infection and in the end our GP's receptionist told him to go to St. Lukes walk in centre in Southend. They weren't very happy and questioned why he'd been sent there and rang Woodlands Surgery to complain. The GP at St. Lukes was very good though but did mention he should have had antibiotics days ago. It is absolutely ridiculous. dhd
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9:29am Tue 25 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Much of this is due to mass uncontrolled immigration.

"On average, each migrant consumes between £5,050 and £8,350 per year in state services, including benefits, healthcare, schooling and social services, the Home Office report found." Source: http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/news/politics
/10503178/Migrants-c
ost-up-to-8k-each-in
-NHS-care-schools-an
d-welfare.html

"The NHS budget will be put under further pressure by the opening up of the NHS to anyone in the UK, whether their stay is legal or not. The latest guidance issued in July 2012 opens up primary NHS care to visitors and illegal immigrants.(Briefing Paper 5.11) The government has introduced a Bill that will charge workers and students a health levy of a few hundred pounds to use the NHS. This however does nothing to protect the taxpayer from funding expensive secondary care for people not resident in the UK."

Source: http://www.migration
watchuk.co.uk/what-i
s-the-problem.php
Much of this is due to mass uncontrolled immigration. "On average, each migrant consumes between £5,050 and £8,350 per year in state services, including benefits, healthcare, schooling and social services, the Home Office report found." Source: http://www.telegraph .co.uk/news/politics /10503178/Migrants-c ost-up-to-8k-each-in -NHS-care-schools-an d-welfare.html "The NHS budget will be put under further pressure by the opening up of the NHS to anyone in the UK, whether their stay is legal or not. The latest guidance issued in July 2012 opens up primary NHS care to visitors and illegal immigrants.(Briefing Paper 5.11) The government has introduced a Bill that will charge workers and students a health levy of a few hundred pounds to use the NHS. This however does nothing to protect the taxpayer from funding expensive secondary care for people not resident in the UK." Source: http://www.migration watchuk.co.uk/what-i s-the-problem.php Kim Gandy
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9:30am Tue 25 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

beejiu wrote:
It also comes at a time when we've refused a mere 1% pay rise for NHS workers. If there's such a shortage, surely their wages should be going up?
Not while they are importing cheap foreign labour and sacking British nurses.
[quote][p][bold]beejiu[/bold] wrote: It also comes at a time when we've refused a mere 1% pay rise for NHS workers. If there's such a shortage, surely their wages should be going up?[/p][/quote]Not while they are importing cheap foreign labour and sacking British nurses. Kim Gandy
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9:36am Tue 25 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/health/health
news/10376026/Number
-of-foreign-nurses-c
oming-to-UK-doubled-
in-three-years-as-NH
S-poaches-workers-fr
om-abroad.html

....and they don't have to be checked.

It's obvious that this influx is going to affect the whole NHS system and with the NHS's obsession with expense cutting at lower level rather than cutting back dead wood at executive level.

When the NHS was set up after the war, it did not envisage unprecedented levels of immigration. It was designed for a much lower population and was managing to cope quite well with rising birth figures, until Labour opened the gates to all and sundry.
http://www.telegraph .co.uk/health/health news/10376026/Number -of-foreign-nurses-c oming-to-UK-doubled- in-three-years-as-NH S-poaches-workers-fr om-abroad.html ....and they don't have to be checked. It's obvious that this influx is going to affect the whole NHS system and with the NHS's obsession with expense cutting at lower level rather than cutting back dead wood at executive level. When the NHS was set up after the war, it did not envisage unprecedented levels of immigration. It was designed for a much lower population and was managing to cope quite well with rising birth figures, until Labour opened the gates to all and sundry. Kim Gandy
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9:39am Tue 25 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

At least there are seats, and it's inside, stop your moaning....
At least there are seats, and it's inside, stop your moaning.... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -3

9:50am Tue 25 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Ironic headline.
Ironic headline. DogsMessInLeigh
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10:28am Tue 25 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Won't get any better at Knights Surgery once those extra 135 houses have been nailed up on Ballards Walk....
Won't get any better at Knights Surgery once those extra 135 houses have been nailed up on Ballards Walk.... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 3

12:24pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Discouraged says...

Basildon is full; the doctors, the hospital. the car parks, the sewers,the schools, but the bank accounts of all those involved in putting up new properties can always take some more money.
Basildon is full; the doctors, the hospital. the car parks, the sewers,the schools, but the bank accounts of all those involved in putting up new properties can always take some more money. Discouraged
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