Tilbury councillors pledge to inquire into standards at local surgeries

TILBURY councillors have come together to voice their concerns over the standards of their local surgeries.

On Tuesday, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published their intelligent monitoring findings. All GP surgeries were banded according to a series of findings.

Band 6 is the best and Band 1 is the worst. If a surgery is in Band 1 then it may, we stress, may, find itself subject to an inspection.

The Band 6’s include: The Hassengate Medical centre, the Horndon surgery, the Orsett Road surgery and the Thurrock Health Centre.

Among the Thurrock medical centres that have received Band 1 are: Aveley Medical Centre, The Masson surgery in Grays, The Bansal Practice in Grays, The Orsett surgery, The Chadwell Medical Centre, Dr Roy and Partner in Stanford-le-Hope

CQC said: "No, this isn’t a judgement on GPs. The profiles bring together information that helps us make decisions about inspections".

However, Tilbury councillors have pledged to ask further questions after it was revealed that three of their surgeries have been placed in Band 1.

The reports highlight the number of risks and elevated risks, a surgery, reportedly, has.

The Tilbury councillors have told YT that they are concerned regarding the findings published on the surgeries at 57 Calcutta Road, Ottawa Road and London Road.

The report on Dr R Suntharalingam surgery on London Road is of particular concern.

Among the risk factors are:

Elevated

Number of antibacterial prescription items prescribed per Specific Therapeutic group Age-sex Related Prescribing Unit (STAR PU). (01/04/2013 to 31/03/2014)

The percentage of patients aged over 6 months to under 65 years in the defined influenza clinical risk groups that received the seasonal influenza vaccination. (01/09/2013 to 28/02/2014)

Average daily quantity of Hypnotics prescribed per Specific Therapeutic group Age-sex Related Prescribing Unit (STAR PU). (01/10/2013 to 30/06/2014)

The percentage of patients with diabetes, on the register, in whom the last IFCC-HbA1c is 64 mmol/mol or less in the preceding 12 months (01/04/2013 to 31/03/2014)

The percentage of patients diagnosed with dementia whose care has been reviewed in a face-to-face review in the preceding 12 months (01/04/2013 to 31/03/2014)

The percentage of patients with diabetes, on the register, who have had influenza immunisation in the preceding 1 September to 31 March (01/04/2013 to 31/03/2014)

Risk

The percentage of patients with diabetes, on the register, with a record of a foot examination and risk classification 1-4 within the preceding 12 months (01/04/2013 to 31/03/2014)

The percentage of patients with schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder and other psychoses who have a comprehensive, agreed care plan documented in the record, in the preceding 12 months (01/04/2013 to 31/03/2014)

The percentage of patients with hypertension in whom the last blood pressure reading measured in the preceding 9 months is 150/90mmHg or less (01/04/2013 to 31/03/2014)

The percentage of women aged 25 or over and who have not attained the age of 65 whose notes record that a cervical screening test has been performed in the preceding 5 years (01/04/2013 to 31/03/2014)

The percentage of patients with diabetes, on the register, who have a record of an albumin:creatinine ratio test in the preceding 12 months (01/04/2013 to 31/03/2014)

The percentage of patients with diabetes, on the register, whose last measured total cholesterol (measured within the preceding 12 months) is 5 mmol/l or less (01/04/2013 to 31/03/2014)

The proportion of respondents to the GP patient survey who stated that they always or almost always see or speak to the GP they prefer. (01/07/2013 to 31/03/2014)

Tilbury councillor, Clare Baldwin said: "I have looked at the findings of all three surgeries and am very concerned.

"I will pass on my concerns to the relevant bodies. I hope one of our committees at Thurrock Council will look into this."

Prospective parliamentary candidate, Polly Billington has also called for further inquiry to be made into the state of health care in Thurrock.

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