A consultation has launched asking residents for their views on proposed changes to community urgent care services.

A 12-week consultation was launched by Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham and Havering’s Clinical Commissioning groups which asks questions on the way services are accessed in all three boroughs. The CCG’s are asking for opinions to change and improve local community urgent care services.

The consultation includes proposals for changes to local GP hubs, walk-in services, and GP Out of Hours services.

There has been increased concern regarding inadequate access to GP’s in the Barking, Dagenham and Havering areas. According to a recent press report the borough or Barking and Dagenham has been ranked the third worst place to see a GP in London, and the fourth worst in the country - a position that Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham is eager to see change.  This is due in part to an ageing GP workforce, which leads to frequent retirements, as well as a lack of affordable new doctors, and an underfunded Primary Care Trust.

GP’s in Barking and Dagenham and Havering, with the support of local MP Jon Cruddas, have successfully applied for a £5.6M grant to implement improved access to services and to further support complex care needs.   

This additional funding will help services look at how best to meet the needs of patients. As everyone knows, local health services are under real pressure, and GPs are determined to do their bit to help improve care for patients in the local community.