Doctor condemns medicine on move
A DOCTOR with nearly 30 years of experience as a rural GP says proposed mobile surgeries in the villages are likely to be a waste of money and resources.
Dr Julian Colledge, who has worked at Hamstreet surgery for the last 25 years, and was manager of an out-of-hours cooperative of 300 doctors for eight years, set out his opposition to the idea in a letter to Ashford’s main patients’ group.
Members of the Ashford branch of the Eastern and Coastal Kent Patient Public Involvement Forum discussed the matter at a meeting in Kingsnorth last Tuesday.
In his letter, Dr Colledge states: “Mobile surgeries would not meet a real need and would be convenient for a minority of people who may well then over-use the service for trivial conditions and assessments.
“There is a considerable potential for wasting valuable resources in terms of personnel and money with the provision of an inferior service.”
The letter argues it would not be possible to provide the necessary equipment, medication or staff in a surgery on a lorry.
The Ashford Patient Public Involvement Forum is looking to recruit new members.
The body, which is attached to the Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust, meets every two months to investigate and discuss the health service in the area from patients’ points of view.
If you are interested in joining, contact forum support officer, Sue Eksteen, by e-mail at email@example.com or call 07807 536880.