There are not enough GPs at the local medical centre - how will they cope if more houses are built?
GP recruitment and retention is an issue which affects most of the UK. Additionally, other health organisations such as hospitals and dentists often have to deal with similar concerns. This is an issue which the health service has to address, but it doesn’t remove the necessity to deliver new homes to meet housing needs.
The NHS has programmes both nationally and locally to address the current GP shortage, for example the GP Forward View by NHS England. This plan allocates an additional £2.4 billion towards general practice by 2020, including an extra 5,000 new GPs over the next five years as well as thousands more general practice nurses and other staff. Locally, the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are looking to expand the healthcare workforce.
We will consider the location of GP surgeries when deciding on the distribution of growth, but as GP capacity affects almost all areas it is not something we can consider when making decisions about how much development each area can take. The GNLP will consider whether there are sufficient health care facilities (i.e. buildings) within an area, and the Greater Norwich authorities will continue to work with the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, NHS England and the CCGs to ensure there are plans in place to deliver new or expanded facilities.