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Town tells MP: ‘GP services need remedy’

Chesterfield patients are being urged to put GP services in the spotlight amid fears that access to doctors’ services is reaching crisis point in Chesterfield.

Toby Perkins wants to her people's views on GP services in Chesterfield

Toby Perkins wants to her people’s views on GP services in Chesterfield

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins found hundreds of people struggling to access GP services in Chesterfield and Staveley following his 8,500-response door-to-door survey undertaken over the summer. 

Commenting on his findings, Toby Perkins said: “I was alarmed to hear so many people tell me that they were unhappy with their GP provision – it came up on the doorstep more than any other local issue. Easy access to a doctor is vitally important, especially for the elderly and those with serious ongoing conditions.”

“Now I’m asking people across the constituency to contact me with their concerns or plaudits about local GP services, as we look to investigate the issue more widely. I will also be inviting GP practices to update us about steps they are taking to improve access. I have heard some shocking tales about the difficulty patients have had, both in terms of access and the service provided. I know many other people are very satisfied, so it is important that we investigate the nature of the problem, the specific areas that are poorly served and the actions that will be taken to put it right. Specific concerns have been raised about the provision at certain surgeries and I want to know how widespread those concerns are.”

37% of respondents told Toby that GP services are worse now than they were three years ago. Only a handful thought they had improved. Recurring concerns included lengthy waits for appointments, difficulties obtaining repeat prescriptions and problems contacting individual surgeries by telephone.

Launching his call for evidence Toby said:  “I’m already in discussions with Health Service managers about how things can, and must, improve. If you’ve got a specific issue or experience relating to this matter, please contact me so I can take your views and experience onboard.”


Toby can be contacted on, called on 386286 or written to at 113 Saltergate, Chesterfield, S40 1NF.

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I am Toby Perkins, Labour's Member of Parliament for Chesterfield. If you would like to get in touch with me, my office is open and can be reached by phone on 01246 386 286. I also hold regular surgeries so that constituents can meet me and I can take up their concerns. If you would like to make an appointment then please do contact my office. Thank you for visiting.

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Post: 113 Saltergate, Chesterfield, S40 1NF


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