Healthwatch Southend, the independent health and social care consumer champion, is holding a public event at The Tickfield Centre on Tuesday 26 August to discuss what local people think about their GP practices.
Since it came into being in April 2013, various concerns about GP practices have been raised with Healthwatch Southend, many of which related to simply getting to see a doctor. Some people reported waiting two weeks for an appointment.
Some care home residents struggled to even register with a GP practice and were told practices were no longer accepting care home residents. Only when Healthwatch Southend intervened and referred these cases to NHS England were these potentially vulnerable people allocated a GP.