We're not culling, just reorganising
Delivering high-quality, accessible care to all our residents is the single most important element of our vision for improving health and reducing inequalities in health in Haringey, north London.
Although there are some excellent examples of GP practices, we know that many people are frustrated with access to GP services and this needs to change.
We are proposing to make it much easier to see a GP, over extended hours and in better facilities.
This is not about closing surgeries or reducing the number of GPs in Haringey - in fact, the number of GPs could increase.
Rather it is about reducing the number of locations from which primary care services are currently provided and relocating some surgeries into improved premises.
We also aim to reduce inequalities in health, especially in the east of Haringey where life expectancy is particularly low.
We want to see a greater range of services in primary and community settings, provided from high-quality facilities, over longer hours, with good quality clinical outcomes.
We want better co-ordinated and more convenient care for patients; we don't believe this is achievable across all existing practices, operating from their current premises.
As part of our planning, we are looking closely at any impact on travel times for patients and that will inform where we finally decide to locate services.
We are committed to ensuring the doctor-patient relationship is retained in any future model of care.
The PCT will continue to engage our local community and clinicians and any changes will follow appropriate local consultation.
Richard Sumray (chair), Dr Mayur Gor (PEC chair) and Tracey Baldwin (chief executive), Haringey PCT