A health investment will be made in Thanet worth £9m over 5 years. It will be called the Thanet Community Care Scheme and it will be a General Practitioner (GP) led service, managed by Concordia Health Ltd. It will be in Ramsgate High Street and Margate High Street.
Although it will provide an easy GP access service for everyone it will aim to target unregistered patients and people who use Accident and Emergency inappropriately and will be open 8 to late, 365 days a year. It will also do work to reduce health inequalities and community outreach work using a mobile clnic and services provided via Boots pharmacies in Margate, Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Westwood.
12 local primary schools will be involved in work to get children to address health issues early and they will be working with Scrine and Porchlight to target homeless people or people in substandard accommodation. The aim will be to address the 12 year life expectancy disparity between people from disadvantaged backgrounds and people from prosperous backgrounds. By using the mobile unit and staying open late it also aims to make services more accessible for everyone, for example by providing a late service in Cliftonville and an early start service in Ramsgate.
The scheme has been cleared with local GPs so they are not 'threatened' commercially by it and people will not be forced to register with it but can stay with their own GP if they already have one.
No doubt local Tories will still attack this as a 'Darzi Clinic' - but no existing GP service will be cut back. So more money and services for our extra health, that is the difference of having a Labour government.