Tuesday, 19 June 2012
FIRST PROTEST IN KENT HELD AGAINST HEALTH SERVICE CHANGES
MOUNTING COMPLAINTS AGAINST COMPANY WHICH TOOK OVER BROADSTAIRS HEALTH CENTRE
Angry patients are planning the first protest against changes to health services outside Broadstairs Health Centre at 2pm tomorrow, Tuesday June 19.
The protest comes after it was revealed that the health centre currently has no full time GPs to serve over 7,000 patients.
The protest has been called by Save Our Health Service, a new campaigning group, which has been formed to safeguard health services in Thanet.
Local film-maker, Christine Tongue, who is a patient with the practice, says the protest comes following the centres takeover by Concordia Health Ltd, a private company who own a string of practices in London and one in Dover.
Two popular GPs left following the coming of Concordia. But Concordia assured us that they were replacing these GPS and that the level of care would not be affected and that in fact the level of service would be improved.
Now we discover we have no full time GPs and the practice manager has resigned. And there are ongoing difficulties in making appointments.
They claim to be in the middle of recruiting more GPs but whos to say they wont leave, too?
Weve had masses of patients coming to us complaining about their treatment at the centre.
Weve even heard from the local pharmacy that there have been big problems with patients getting repeat prescriptions, some people even going without their medicines.
We are afraid this is the shape of things to come as the governments new legislation kicks in and we want to stop it before it happens!
More information from Christine Tongue on 01843 604 253.