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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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Council offers four new apprenticeships

Kick-start your career and make a positive difference to our community, is the message coming from Crawley Borough Council

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The council has four exciting roles available:

  • Worth Park Horticultural Apprentice
  • Communications Apprentice
  • Apprentice Building Maintenance Surveyor
  • Apprentice Specialist Fitter (Vehicle, Plant and Equipment).

Our apprenticeship opportunities aim to help talented people take their first steps in specialist areas while gaining local government experience.

If you’re passionate about helping others and making a difference to Crawley’s residents and the local environment, an apprenticeship with the council could be perfect for you!

The full-time 18-month Horticultural Apprentice role is a unique opportunity based at Worth Park; it’ll combine your passion for sustainable horticulture, hands-on outdoor tasks and a thirst for learning new things.

If you enjoy writing and have a keen interest in the media, Communications Apprentice might be the role for you! During the 18-month programme you’ll write press releases, schedule social media posts, work with local and regional press and so much more.

The Building Maintenance Surveyor vacancy is a two-year apprenticeship with Crawley Homes. You’ll work alongside experienced surveyors and get hands-on experience as a valued member of the Responsive Repairs and Planned Maintenance Teams.

Learn how to service and repair a wide range of vehicles, plant machinery and mechanical equipment with the Specialist Fitter apprenticeship. For three years, you’ll be part of our experienced Vehicle Workshop Team based in County Oak.

Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said: “As a council, we’re committed to offering these opportunities to young people and those looking to start a new career.

“With our apprenticeships, you can be earning a competitive salary while gaining invaluable work experience and a transferable qualification – there are no drawbacks!”

All vacancies close on Sunday 21 July and offer a starting salary of £12,042.

Find out more about our apprenticeships and register for vacancy alerts at crawley.gov.uk/apprenticeships

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