George Freeman secures meeting with Health Minister to discuss GP practice in Watton

George Freeman secures meeting with Health Minister to discuss problems facing the GP practice in Watton where they are having difficulty recruiting GPs and NHS England proposals to transfer patients to neighbouring practices.

George Freeman (Mid Norfolk) (Con): The GP practice in Watton in my constituency is struggling with the recruitment of GPs and is now two short, which is putting pressure on services. Today I heard of the proposal from NHS England to deregister 1,500 patients and transfer them to neighbouring practices in the constituency, raising a whole series of issues. Will the Minister agree to meet me to talk about what should happen, including whether NHS England could fund some sort of locum service?

Dr Poulter: Yes, I would be delighted to meet my hon. Friend. It is important to see, where possible, collaboration between GP practices on back-office services and other savings that could be made—something the public sector needs to do more generally so that more money can be invested in patients. The Government are training more GPs; in future, we will see 50% of postgraduate medical training taking place in general practice, leading to a big increase in the number of GPs.

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