Kate Osamor, the Labour and Co-op MP for Edmonton, has written to the head of local NHS services calling for urgent action to improve GP registration rates in Edmonton. This comes after a report by Healthwatch Enfield raised questions about the number of people not registered with a GP in Edmonton.
Healthwatch Enfield surveyed 145 people in Enfield this summer, asking them if they were registered with a GP. For Enfield overall their results were positive and they found that 120 were registered and that only 25 were not, including 4 children. However, Healthwatch found that the vast majority of those not registered with a GP were in Lower Edmonton when questioned. Of those not registered 24% said they had tried to register with a GP but were not able to, often because they lacked proof of address.
Large numbers of people not being registered with a GP is a serious problem, as it means people are less likely to report symptoms to a doctor at an early stage and can put extra strain on A&E services in the area. Kate Osamor MP has therefore written to Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group calling for action on this issue.
Speaking on the subject:
“I am alarmed by that a significant number of people in Edmonton are unable to access GP services. It is particularly worrying that the area seems to have less people registered with a GP than other parts of Enfield.”
“Improving access to GP surgeries should be a top priority and would help to reduce pressure on local A&E services. I am calling on the Clinical Commissioning Group, which runs NHS services in the area, to take urgent measures to improve access to GPs in Edmonton.”