SOME district residents have complained about an alleged lack of doctor’s appointments.
According to the 2021 survey of general practitioners, which collects results from January to March 2021, 63% of patients have a “good” experience making appointments at Longfield Medical Center.
And 31% of those surveyed said they had a “good” appointment booking experience at Blackwater Medical Center.
Both medical centers are in Maldon, where a patient told The Standard there was a serious shortage of GPs.
One reader, who wished to remain anonymous, said of his experience during an operation at a general practitioner: “I explained that I had found a lump and that I wanted to have it examined, which I was told. said they were at full capacity today and no appointments were available.
“Even after explaining that it could be cancerous and that it would be better to get caught early, I was told sorry there was nothing available and to call in the morning to try again.”
He says the claimed lack of face-to-face appointments is due to a “glaring lack” of general surgeries in Maldon relative to the population.
Responding to the claims, a spokesperson for Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership said: are struggling to contact their practice.
“Our GPs and their teams are working tirelessly with us to achieve the national goal of Covid boosters for all adults while providing high quality essential services.
“In addition, there are expansion plans for Longfield, future development for Blackwater as well as ongoing development at Heybridge that are supported by our practices to improve services and patient care for our local population and the health services. local primary care that stands the test of time. ”