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GPs (Croydon)

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 8 April 2010

The Petition of the people of Croydon,

Declares that having only three GPs on call from midnight to 8am covering 370,000 residents in Croydon is clearly inadequate and forces Croydon residents into more expensive care at A&E thus wasting public money.

The Petitioners therefore call upon the House of Commons to urge the Government to direct Croydon NHS to provide for more GP overnight coverage.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Mr. Andrew Pelling, Official Report, 30 March 2010; Vol. 789, c. 508.]

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Observations from the Secretary of State for Health:

PCTs have a responsibility to ensure they provide, or secure provision of, a sustainable out of hours GP service for their local population in line with National Quality Requirements.

The National Quality Requirements require providers to demonstrate their ability to meet predictable fluctuations in demand. PCTs and their providers should provide the level of resource needed to meet the National Quality Requirements.

Where a provider is failing to meet the Quality Requirements, PCTs as commissioners of the service and SHAs must act to support providers to improve their performance. NHS London will provide any support necessary to Croydon PCT if the organisation is not meeting the National Quality Requirements.

Although the Department of Health provides strategic leadership to the NHS and social care organisations in England, it is for local NHS organisations to plan, develop and improve services for local people.