Still a scandal: Number of health checks for those with learning difficulties still lowest in Essex

IF THERE is one group of people who may have more to lose due to the parlous state of health care in Thurrock then it may be those with learning difficulties.

And yet figures obtained by YT indicate that they are still being scandalously ill-served by the healths service in Thurrock.

Of the 774 patients registered with learning difficulties, only 228 or 29% had their annual health check in 2014/15.

This compares with 61% inn Southend, 51% in Castle Point and 41% in West Essex.

Last year, the Thurrock figure and increased to 40% but it looks like it has fallen back again.

YT also understands that up to 40% of surgeries in Thurrock have not handed in their statistics.

We have contacted the Thurrock CCG but they had not replied at the time of publication.

We have no doubt that those with a hot-line to the secretary of state Jeremy Hunt will be giving him a ring.

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