Local GPs tour local schools to help to recruit more doctors

Dr Mike Saad WHSBLocal doctors across south east Essex are touring schools to help encourage students to consider a career as a doctor.

Over 100 students attended an event last night at Westcliff High School for Boys where Dr Mike Saad, who works at Wakering Medical Centre discussed:

  • What’s needed - qualifications and beyond
  • What to expect from higher education & post-graduate training –length, content, cost
  • Impact of new technology on primary care
  • Tips on writing a personal statement
  • Typical starting salary and earning potential / prospects
  • Working hours/patterns
  • Typical day Details about the job e.g. “a day in the life of a ………….”

Public views sought on changes to healthcare

People living in Castle Point, Rochford and Southend-on-Sea are being asked for their views on proposed changes to healthcare. The two local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) – NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG and NHS Southend CCG - are jointly updating their Service Restriction Policies (SRP) and seeking views on a number of changes within the document.

NHS Southend CCG Chair Dr José Garcia Lobera said: “Most CCGs have a Service Restriction Policy (SRP) which sets out the clinical criteria for a large range of medical treatments and procedures. This is an important document as it explains which treatments are not available through the NHS and those treatments which are available but only if a patient matches certain criteria.

“The NHS Five Year Forward View outlines three key areas for change that are needed if the NHS is going to be sustainable now and in the future, which are (i) health and wellbeing, (ii) quality of care and (iii) NHS finance and efficiency. We must therefore ensure treatments and procedures provided locally are based on good clinical evidence and value. This has led us to suggest some changes to our SRP, and we want local people to have a look at these proposed changes and let us know what they think.”

More than 12,000 GP appointments are wasted every month

A new campaign targeting people who don’t cancel their GP appointments starts today across mid and south Essex.

More than 12,000 slots are wasted every month across the patch due to people failing to show up to their surgeries after booking out time with a GP.

GP leaders say the missed appointments are contributing to increased waiting times in practice and could be contributing to more people with minor illnesses going to local A&E departments for treatment.

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