GP’s propose merger but will services improve?

GP’s propose merger but will services improve?

Like me you have had a letter from your GP practice to tell us about a proposed merger between the Gillies, Camrose and Hackwood surgeries.

I understand that GPs Surgeries are finding it difficult to cope as the demands on them increase but is merging three hard pushed surgeries in to one supersized partnership looking after a massive 44,500 people really the answer?

The letter indicates cost savings would be made, but not exactly how appointment waiting times will be reduced. It’s difficult to see how the proposed merger will improve patient services and respond to future needs.

Most of us wait several weeks for a routine Doctors appointment, and I am not confident that the proposals outline will do anything to solve that.

Presumably the cost savings in mentioned in the letter will include rationalising reception, telephone and administration services.

How much harder will it be to get through on the phone for an appointment when the phone system will have three times the number of people trying to get through.

I share the concerns of many that only having one practice offering a “Duty Doctor Clinic” means that anyone needing an urgent appointment will have to go to the Camrose surgery in South Ham no matter where they live.

I am also concerned about the legal status of the new partnership and whether this is further privatisation of the NHS through the backdoor.

This is the sort of question you have been asking me during our conversations on the doorstep.

To help the Basingstoke Labour Councillor team represent your views in the forthcoming consultation please leave your comments.

Things people have already mentioned include:

  • Losing the relationship with the doctors, nurses and practitioners that you know, and that know you and understand your issues.
  • Worries about getting through on the phone for appointments
  • The distances to travel between surgeries.
  • The cost of bus journeys
  • Travel difficulties for the elderly, disabled and those with young children

Let us know if this or anything else affects you to.


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My Pledges to you

I will fight to save local bus services and the free bus pass for the OAP’s and disabled. I’ll oppose the Conservative cuts to the Brighton Hill’s bus service.

Help me campaign for more police on the beat. With 1000 less Hampshire police officers, tackling local crime and antisocial behaviour will be impossible. I want to see more police not less.

I want to see more investment in parking solutions and an end to the pothole epidemic in our roads.

I will oppose the Tory tip tax, charging to use the Wade Road tip will increase local fly tipping.

I will defend our sports pitches, parks and play areas from neglect and development. Our children need safe spaces to play in and our green spaces improve air quality and the environment.

I will campaign for regulation of local landlords. High rents and badly maintained properties are not good for tenants or their neighbours.

I will defend the Brighton Hill District Centre and support our local shops and small businesses.

Housing Crisis in Brighton Hill

Housing Crisis in Brighton Hill

“Housing Hunger Games”

Our local Conservative MP dismisses claims that there is a housing crisis as “outrageous”.

In a front-page article of the Gazette she claims that Basingstoke “has built more homes than any other area in the past two decades”.

Yet the National Housing Federation that says that in Basingstoke the shortfall in housing between 2012 and 2016 was 2343 homes, the second highest in Hampshire.

This shortfall in housing contributes to house prices skyrocketing and the average house is now over £326,000, ten times more than the areas ‘average’ salary.

This coupled with eye wateringly high rents makes the picture very grim indeed for our local young people wanting to have a place to call their own. Typically 40% of income goes on rent alone, making it impossible to save for a deposit.

The Councils performance in respect of social and affordable housing is nothing to be proud of either as they constantly fail to meet their own targets in building affordable housing.

Just recently a Brighton Hill resident was telling me how one of their children had been on the waiting list nearly a decade and were still unable to secure a home.

Even once accepted onto the housing register its necessary to “bid” against other people for available properties.  It’s possible to be competing with more than 170 people for the same property in Brighton Hill.

I want to see an end to this situation which resembles a “Housing Hunger Games” and ensure that as a town we provide good quality and affordable homes for all our residents.

Last year the Tory council decided to increase its property investments by 30 million pounds. It will fund these property acquisitions from our council tax and by making cuts to services.

I want to make sure that any property investment is in reasonably priced housing for local people– not business premises for commercial rental.

Vote for me on 3 May and I promise I will work hard to tackle the housing crisis in Basingstoke.

How many houses does the council say it will build each year?


What was the number of affordable houses the council said it would build?


How many were actually built?


What’s the Basingstoke average house price


What’s the average deposit a first-time buyer needs?

10-20% of purchase price

What’s the average monthly private rental for a 3 bed house

£1000 per month

How much is a 20% deposit for an averaged price house?


What’s your assessment of the housing prospects of young people?


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