GP access worse for Young, Asian and Black?

07 July 2014

This meeting took place on 8 July 2014. Read the transcript here.

NHS England survey results released last week show that seeing a GP is becoming a problem for a growing minority.

London GP practices lag behind the rest of the country when it comes to quality and patient satisfaction[2]. Patients are less able to see their GP than in other parts of England; they often can’t see their GP of choice when they need continuity of care and access to many GP practices doesn’t meet their reasonable needs.

The London Assembly Health Committee will meet tomorrow to consider access to GP services, from the patient’s perspective, with a specific focus on young people and Black and Asian Minority Ethnic groups.

Areas of London with the highest levels of need are also more likely to suffer from relatively poor access to GPs.

The following guests will be questioned at the meeting:

  • Dr Chaand Nagpaul - Chair, British Medical Association General Practice Committee.
  • Chris Hanney - Patient Access.
  • Dr Mike Robinson - Medical Director, INPS.
  • Dr Ellen Wright - NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Frances Perrow - GP Champions Project Lead, Association for Young People’s Health

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, 8 July from 10am in the Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.



Notes to editors

  1. Full agenda papers
  2. ‘Transforming Primary Care in London: General Practice – A Call to Action’ NHS England (London), November 2013.
  3. Dr Onkar Sahota AM, Chair of the Health Committee, is available for interview – see contact details below.
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and balance on the Mayor

For more details, please contact Alison Bell in the Assembly Media Office on 020 7983 4228. For out of hour’s media enquiries please call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit, on 020 7983 4100.

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