Basildon and Thurrock have the lowest number of family doctors per population in the country, according to BBC Essex.

BBC Essex is reporting that the Government says it’s working to support and grow the work force after a study revealed the extent of the GP shortage in Essex.

According to BBC Essex, the two of the districts in Essex have the lowest number of family doctors per population size in England.

Basildon and Brentwood has 46 per 100,000 people and Thurrock has just 40, according to BBC Essex. Louise Ansar, director of Health Watch England told BBC Essex it’s not just about the number of GPs but it’s also about the kind of service being offered.


She told BBC Essex: “In the last month around about a quarter of all the feedback that’s come into us from members of the public has been about problems accessing face to face appointments or accessing any appointments. People are having real difficulty with long waits on the phone to try and book appointments, difficulty with online forms and that’s across the country.