A number of constituents have contacted me to raise difficulties they are having with accessing GP services and face to face appointments. It is important primary care in Stoke-on-Trent receives the support it needs to fully recover face to face appointments to pre-COVID levels.
I raised with the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care the need for more support to help these services recover. It is vital people locally are able to seek medical support and advice when they need it.
Jack said in the House of Commons:
"Primary Care has shouldered the brunt of vaccine deployment and many GP surgeries in Stoke-on-Trent South are not yet back to full capacity with general appointments.
A number of my constituents have raised the difficulties in getting to see their GP so will my honourable friend do all he can to ensure our primary care services are able to fully recover."
Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care said:
"Yes, I can absolutely give my hon. Friend that assurance. As well as the extra resources we are putting in, the measures that I have announced today about people not needing to self-isolate if they are in contact with an infected person but have been double-vaccinated will help across the board, and that certainly includes our NHS and primary care providers."
Jonathan Gullis MP, also raised similar concerns of added pressures to the A&E Department at the Royal Stoke Hospital due to patient difficulties accessing GP services.