Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Letter: Your Say - Get All the Facts

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Letter: Your Say - Get All the Facts

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Byline: COLIN McLEOD

THE Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) are currently consulting with patients and the public regarding improving access to GP services on Teesside.

We are proposing additional GP services in new practices in response to those who have raised concerns to the PCTs both directly and through the independent national patients' survey, about not being able to get access to a GP appointment when convenient.

To address this, we are looking to invest in further services in response to Lord Darzi's interim NHS next stage review, Our NHS: Our Future.

No existing practices are facing closure due to this consultation, although the outcome is likely to increase the choice patients will have when registering with a GP practice.

We would therefore like to reassure patients that, contrary to the caption below the picture in the story Signing Up For Battle (13.06.08), the Garth Surgery, Guisborough, is NOT facing closure.

The consultation runs until August 1 and we would strongly encourage anyone who would like to know the facts about this proposal to take part or get in touch with us. …

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