A shortage of GPs in Hastings has left under staffed medical practices struggling to meet patient needs.
Surgeries across the town say it is now harder than ever to attract new doctors to the area and that patient care is threatened as a result.
And research published by healthcare organisations shows Hastings and Rother is nearly thirty GPs short of the national average.
Overworked GPs spoke out at a meeting of the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) last Thursday (September 11).
Since then surgeries have confirmed that historic difficulties in getting GPs to come and work in the Hastings area have been compounded by NHS funding cuts.
Daniel Mir, business manager of Cornwallis Surgery, Station Plaza, said his practice has spent a year trying to recruit a locum, and that the shortage will impact on patient care.
“Clinicians need time to discuss cases so they can exchange knowledge and learn. Some GPs are now overworked and stressed.”
Borough councillor Mike Turner has called the shortage “very serious,” adding: “Hastings is suffering across the board in terms of health inequality.” See today’s Hastings Observer for full story