Num­bers of bor­ough GPs ‘be­low av­er­age’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

CON­SER­VA­TIVE mem­bers of the Lon­don As­sem­bly are warn­ing that Hilling­don has fewer GPs than the av­er­age in Eng­land.

The party’s re­search sug­gests more than 550 new GPs will be needed in Lon­don over the next decade and de­mand could be more acute in Hilling­don where there are 6.1 doc­tors for ev­ery 10,000 peo­ple, com­pared to 7.6 per 10,000 else­where.

GLA mem­bers say the Mayor of Lon­don, through his plan­ning pow­ers, could force Lon­don coun­cils to spend the in­fra­struc­ture con­tri­bu­tions they col­lect from ma­jor de­vel­op­ers to fund the cap­i­tal’s GPs for the next decade.

An­drew Boff, who leads the Con­ser­va­tive group at City Hall, said: “Lon­don’s pop­u­la­tion is grow­ing at an un­prece­dented rate and we have to be ready to meet this de­mand.

“It is the right of ev­ery Lon­doner to have ac­cess to a GP and I am dis­ap­pointed to see how few bor­oughs ap­pear to be set­ting health pro­vi­sion as a pri­or­ity for the com­ing decade.

“Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties need to take ad­van­tage of the plan­ning process and pro­vide GP surg­eries for their bor­ough and I will be urg­ing the Mayor of Lon­don, with his plan­ning pow­ers, to en­sure this hap­pens.”

The re­port ‘Health Ap­pre­ci­a­tion – in­vest­ing in health fa­cil­i­ties from new devel­op­ments’, found many bor­oughs are fail­ing to pri­ori­tise the build­ing of new doc­tor’s surg­eries.

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