Doc­tor con­demns medicine on move

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

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 or call 07807 536880.

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