Thurrock Health Crisis deepens as temporary staff moved in at East Tilbury and Corringham

THE HEALTH service in Thurrock was dealt another blow as two medical centres have failed to register with the government.

Following the failure of Dr’s Gorai and Nimalaraj to obtain CQC Registration for the East Tilbury and Corringham practices, YT has been told by Thurrock Healthwatch that the Doctors have decided to hand back their contract to NHS England.

All GP Practices must be registered with the CQC as do Hospitals and Care Settings, this is to ensure that they are providing safe services.

Patients at these practices were informed by letter from the contracting body NHS England of this decision last week.

Kim James, Chief Operating Officer for Healthwatch Thurrock said “whilst this is a worrying time for patients, many of whom have called us to state their shock and dismay at losing their GP, it is a legal requirement for all GP Practices to be CQC Registered.

We have worked alongside NHS England and Thurrock CCG to ensure that as little disruption as possible is felt by the Patients. A temporary service will be in place as of today (29th July 2015) to provide GP and Nurse cover at both practices”

Kim James added; “This has come at a very difficult time for patients especially with the worrying situation we have in Tilbury around GP provision, the outcomes for this whole situation can only be satisfactorily achieved if the people affected are part of the solution".

Healthwatch Thurrock are running drop in sessions across Tilbury and East Tilbury over the next 8 weeks for anybody concerned with this situation to come and speak with us, the dates, times and venues can be found on our website www.healthwatchthurrock.org or by calling the office on 01375 389883.

YT rang the East Tilbury Medical Centre but the phone simply rang out.

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