Joy Morrissey MP has been visiting Burnham Health Centre as part of her ongoing campaign to increase GP appointment availability. Mrs Morrissey has been working on this issue at both local and national levels for some time.
Last year Mrs Morrissey raised the problem of the availability of face-to-face appointments with GP, which had been a matter of great concern to her constituents. On the 26th October 2021 Mrs Morrissey lead a very well attended Westminster Hall debate on the subject, making a number of recommendations to the Government, as well as highlighting some of the problem areas in her constituency.
Mrs Morrissey concluded the debate by saying: “We need to find a way of giving health access to everyone in a fair and reasonable way. I promised my constituents that I would raise their concerns at the highest level, and I have done that today, both in Westminster Hall and with the Minister directly. I thank Members for their time today, and I hope that this issue will continue to be considered and debated within Parliament and by the Minister.”
Since then, Mrs Morrissey has been working, in her constituency, to secure appointments for those who reach out to her for help, and to work with GP surgeries to get more face-to-face appointments. Recently, Mrs Morrissey was invited to Burnham Health Centre to see the progress they have made, and to discuss what can be done to help GPs support the communities they serve.
“Great today to meet doctors and staff at Burnham Health Centre. Making sure that people have access to their GP is absolutely essential as we overcome Covid backlogs. I was so pleased to see the team there dedicated to engaging with the issue and now making real progress. "