STEPHEN Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, visited GPs and the patient participation group at The Surgery on Horndon-on-the-Hill recently to gain an insight in to the day-to-day workings of a GP practice.
His visit forms part of the British Medical Association’s (BMA) MP-GP practice visit scheme which encourages MPs from across the political spectrum to visit local surgeries to see the challenged and opportunities facing general practice.
The local MP has been extremely active on issues surrounding healthcare in the constituency having met with patient participation groups in a number of surgeries in South Basildon and East Thurrock.
Stephen commented: “The BMA are right to stress the importance of MPs engaging with the medical profession. In order to improve health care for the whole country, MPs must keep themselves up to date with the issues affecting front line health care and general practice.”
“During the meeting, Dr Pattara and Dr Raja expressed concerns about proposals to open surgeries from 8am to 8pm. I am very conscious of the fact that these proposals need to consider small practices such as this one and as such, I have written to the Department for Health to ask how the needs of smaller practices will be incorporated.”
He added: “We had an extremely useful exchange at The Surgery and I was delighted to hear the patient participation group singing the praises of the GPs and staff. It was extremely informative to get the perspective of both patients and medical practitioners and I look forward to my continued engagement with them.”