Friday, 15 June 2012
PROTEST CALLED AGAINST BROADSTAIRS HEALTH CRISIS
Angry patients are planning a protest outside Broadstairs Health Centre at 2pm on Tuesday June 19
The protest comes after it was revealed that the 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 centre’s 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 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.
“We’ve been told that two new GPs have been appointed but are working out their notice in other practices. But the two GPs which Concordia previously recruited both left within months of joining the practice. Who’s to say these new GPs won’t leave very soon, too?
“There is something very wrong going on with Concordia and we need explanations about what’s happening there.
The Save Our Health Service group claims the problems with Concordia isn’t just an issue for its current patients, but for Thanet as a whole. Christine said: “The government’s new legislation means that it’s likely that companies like Concordia will become more and more involved with the provision of health services in Thanet. It’s important we confront these sorts of problems now or face much bigger problems in the future.”
Christine added: “Anyone who’s worried about our health service is welcome to join us at the protest at 2pm on Tuesday.”
More information from Christine Tongue on 01843 604 253.