We cannot continue year after year listening to lame excuses. We need action now. Cllr Kim Taylor
On Tuesday 14th March I attended a meeting of the Health and Adult Social Care at the Hampshire County Council.
Given the continued difficulties faced by residents I have asked for the Integrated Care Board to attend the committee and report on the effectiveness of Primary Care Networks in Basingstoke and to report on the position in respect of the relocation of the Chineham Surgery.
Many residents have been suffering from difficulties accessing GPs with appointment waits of up to 5 weeks in some surgeries. It makes no sense that some surgeries are able to offer an acceptable service whilst others have not been able to for many years.
This state of play needs a formal intervention and action taken by those responsible for the commissioning of these services.
The Commissioners (Integrated Care Board) are not elected and accountable to the public so it is only right they should be asked to account for the situation to the Hampshire County Council.
I was also happy to support the request by Independent Councillor Andy Tree that a review of the provision of NHS dentists appointment should be made. We are all struggling to find an NHS dentist as more and more practices choose to offer private appointments only.
We cannot continue year after year listening to lame excuses. We need action now.