‘GPs won’t be able to cope’
CANCER sufferer Tricia Miller from Twyford spoke of her fears if the local population doubled.
Tricia, 69, a tai chi teacher, was diagnosed with
T cell lymphoma two years ago. She told the meeting: “I go to the hospital regularly [for check-ups]. The doctors tell me to come back in three months but my next appointment comes for seven or eight month’s time.
“If our community doubles it will be a year before I can see them.” Tricia, who teaches at the Phoenix Centre, in Twyford, Nordern Farm, in Maidenhead, and Bridge House residential home, in Twyford, lost three siblings to cancer.
Dr Simon Ruffle of Twyford GP surgery told the meeting an additional 10,000 residents would almost double their patient list.
“The Department of Health would not care. We would have to get on with it,” he said.
He criticised the GP surgery funding system which delayed payments. “There is a long history of GPs and nurses pulling their finger out to provide services. It’s incredibly difficult as it stands,” he added.
He told Tricia Miller: “I understand your worries. I don’t think you’re far wrong in what you are saying.”
Afterwards he said the shortage of GPs was a problem when recruiting now.
After the meeting Tricia Miller added: “The hospital just say they can’t give me an appointment any earlier now. With double the population here and more homes elsewhere it could be a year. People will become more ill or even die because of delays.”