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Petition letter sent to local Councillors

The following letter has been sent to all serving councillors in the political wards of ‘The Lochs’, ‘Lochgelly & Cardenden’, and ‘Cowdenbeath’:

Dear Councillor,

There is a crisis in the Primary Health care service in deprived communities across Fife due to a lack of GPs and staff. It can take up to 5 weeks for residents to be able to get an appointment with their GP. In more affluent areas this is far from the case, and the disproportionate waiting times in your ward aggravate existing health inequalities and social problems. This situation will get worse before it gets better.

The immediate solution to lacking primary care provision at Central Fife surgeries is to increase staff resources to meet clinical demand. Research shows that the solution to geographical inequities in GP provision is targeted area level policies.

A petition has been created by concerned residents that calls on NHS Fife, Fife Council and the Scottish Government to form an emergency taskforce to address the lack of GP and associated services in Central Fife’s deprived communities by lifting the NHS Scotland Health and Care Experience measures for practices in these areas to the Fife/Tayside average within 6 months.

This petition is very important and I am asking you to sign and support it at: https://www.change.org/p/fife-s-most-deprived-communities-need-more-gps-now

Please take the time to read the comments at the end of the petition site as they reveal the often hidden depth and scale of the problems faced by those who need to see a GP.

Your constituents need your support now to ensure that inequalities in primary health care services in deprived communities can be addressed as a matter of urgency.

I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely

James Glen

References:

Petition: https://www.change.org/p/fife-s-most-deprived-communities-need-more-gps-now

Where did the GPs go?https://www.york.ac.uk/media/che/documents/papers/WheredidalltheGPsgo.pdf

Localised Helthcare stats: https://jamesglen.org.uk/campaigns/improve-primary-care-provision/

GP Practice Reports: http://www.hace15.quality-health.co.uk/index.php/reports/gp-practice-reports

Letter to CFT from resident: http://www.centralfifetimes.com/opinion/letters/14534412.Something_has_to_be_done_to_ensure_people_get_appointments/


Responses

Cllr Peter Lockhart – 21st June 2016 (auto responder to state he is not available)

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