There are not enough GPs at the local medical centre – how will they cope if more houses are built?

The NHS has programmes in place to address the current pressures on healthcare services. This includes new ways of working, use of new technology, and of course recruiting more doctors. Locally too, NHS organisations under the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), are finding ways to help keep people well, expand healthcare services, and to ensure services are better coordinated.

The Norfolk Health Protocol is a collaboration and engagement protocol between local planning authorities, the Norfolk and Waveney STP, clinical commissioning groups, health partners and Public Health Norfolk which seeks to plan for future growth and to promote wellbeing. By working together with local planning authorities NHS organisations can be clear about the locations and timing of new housing and jobs, and this enables informed decision-making about how and when to expand health facilities.

Updated evidence will be included in the final version of the GNLP.