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The shocking truth: 2,226 patients for every GP in Crawley

The awful figures have been revealed following a request by Crawley and Labour Councillor Geraint Thomas

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Last week it emerged that the ratio of residents to General Practitioners in Crawley is one of the worst in the UK; the figures show that there is 1 doctor for every 2,226 residents in Crawley.

To put that statistic into perspective, Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire has nearly one GP for every 1,200 residents.

The ratio for Crawley came out following a request by Northgate Councillor Geraint Thomas after BBC analysis earlier this month showed that access to GPs in some areas could vary by as much as threefold that of others.

Although the Royal College of General Practitioners chairwoman Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard said the national findings were “shocking”, many Crawley residents will be unsurprised.

Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said:

‘It’s a travesty that so many in Crawley are being left unable to access their GP for medical treatment, or in some cases to even register with a local GP.


Two years after Crawley’s NHS entered Special Measures, our community still sees no action on the part of the Government to get the problem stored. It’s increasingly clear that only a party which really believes in our National Health Service will give it the investment it needs to ensure Crawley’s medical needs are met.’

In 2017 a lack of funding and reports that many residents were unable to register to their local GP surgeries led the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) governing Crawley to be placed into special measures, where it has remained ever since.

A ‘shocking’ new statistical analysis from the BBC has shown that in Crawley there is one doctor per every 2,226 residents.

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‘Evidence of my antisemitism is a joke’ – Crawley Councillor explains her decision to go independent

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Northgate and West Green Councillor Karen Sudan has penned a statement following her decision to leave the Labour party, leaving the council with no party majority.

Her resignation statement reads:

“I have been a member of the Labour Party for almost 50 years. I have outstayed many Party leaders and my resignation is nothing to do with the recent change of leadership.

I was elected to be a voice for the people I represent, but Back Benchers under the current Council leadership have to fight to be heard – even those in the controlling group.

The Coronavirus crisis made it even more important for there to be input from all Councillors and at the outset I suggested setting up a crisis committee (which could, and perhaps should, involve opposition members. Their residents have as much right to representation as others). The Council Leader dismissed this suggestion, even though there was support for it from other Labour members. He said that councillors have no role to play in the current crisis, and he has acted unilaterally all along.

Although I would not say that Peter Lamb has not worked hard or done his best, I believe that CBC’s response to the Crisis has been poorer for lack of input from those of us who have a wealth of knowledge and experience, know our Town and understand ‘our’ residents. We are by no means out of the woods with Coronavirus – only yesterday I was discussing with colleagues at West Sussex CC, the likelihood and danger of localised outbreaks and/or a second wave. All elected representatives should have a voice and a role to play. This goes beyond the many things we have done and are doing as human beings to help one another.

This was my position on Saturday evening when I received a ‘Notice of Investigation’ from Party HQ, accusing me of antisemitism, the ‘evidence’ was three tweets, one posted 2017, another 2018 and one from 2020. This ‘evidence’, which I am prepared to share and put before any judge and jury, fiend or enemy, is a joke.

I do not know what triggered this, but I know from others’ experience how the Party works. While I was a Party member, I would be bound to keep this ‘investigation’ confidential. This would lead to gossip and a stain on my character and a great deal of stress. The ‘investigation’ would be allowed to ‘hang’ indefinitely to be used as an excuse to prevent me standing for office again or accepting office such as a Cabinet position.

I have chosen instead to resign my Party membership so that I can continue to focus on the job I have been elected to do (and I do see it as a job) and so that anyone who wishes to judge me can have available the original documents and make up their own mind about my anti-racist credentials.

Councillor Karen Sudan

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