Sheffield would rather spend more money on better healthcare than staffing, despite GP shortages

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15th December 2017 16:26 - Health

Sheffield would rather spend more money on better healthcare than staffing, despite GP shortagesSheffield would rather spend more money on better healthcare than staffing, despite GP shortages: According to a recent online poll, around three quarters of those surveyed preferred to increase their income tax by one pence to help fund better healthcare; conversely, almost one tenth (9%) strongly disagreed with the idea.

Despite half claiming that they struggled to book an appointment with their local GP over the last year, less than one third of Sheffield residents agreed with the idea of directing more money towards staff.

With regards to other health services, the survey also found that just over one quarter said they struggled to see the dentist and 28% found it difficult to book a hospital consultation.

Currently, Sheffield are experiencing a shortage of GPs due to “retirement, early leavers and fewer people entering the profession”, according to Sheffield’s Clinical Care Commissioning Group’s Deputy Director, Kate Gleave.

Supporting the statement, Dr Anthony Gore also adds: "Sheffield is currently well-served with GPs because it's an attractive place to work. The GP training programme was full until about two years ago so there are issues going forward in terms of numbers."

In an attempt to make “more effective use of staff”, NHS bosses plan to move the Walk-in Centre and the Minor Injuries Unit to the Northern General hospital in Sheffield and offer urgent eye care services to local opticians to try and “free up the funds” and provide emergency services more local to the residents of Sheffield.

Nevertheless, Sheffield Health and Social Care (SHSC) NHS Foundation Trust and Grenoside Grange Hospital managed to collectively achieve 100% satisfaction ratings in six areas regarding the hospitals’ care environment.

In detail, the SHSC received scores for the following areas:

·       Cleanliness (99%);

·       Condition and maintenance of buildings (over 97%);

·       Privacy, dignity and wellbeing (over 96%);

·       Dementia and disability (over 91%).

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