Newham CCG chair and GP Dr Prakesh Chandra is ready to face increasing challenges

PUBLISHED: 09:38 27 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:38 27 April 2016

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The NHS affects us all - that’s why it’s always in the news! Whether for amazing life-saving procedures, care that goes beyond the call of duty, for financial difficulties or when things go tragically wrong. Equally as a service that cares for more than one million patients every 36 hours everyone has their own opinion on how it could be better. However, the NHS has to stay responsive to ever changing needs and demands.

As a local GP, I particularly recognise the pressures that our services are under. Locally we face a range of challenges - we are expecting over 270,000 people to move into east London over the next 15 years - equivalent to a city the size of Portsmouth. This will bring increasing numbers of people with long term conditions like diabetes.

We also face financial and workforce pressures and need to invest into local facilities. To make sure that the local NHS can cope, we need to become more efficient in the way that we work and we need to recruit more staff.

Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working with Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest CCGs and Barts Health NHS Trust to develop a plan that will address some of these challenges. This plan sets out how we will provide patients with more co-ordinated, accessible care, close to home and in a way that is more convenient for them.

We want to make sure that patients are able to get care more easily when they have an urgent need; and a greater range of care in their GP surgery or health centre - avoiding time-consuming trips to hospital.

To do this, GP practices across Newham will need to work together. We’ll also be working together with our patients to empower them to better look after their own health in a way that suits them and to develop care plans that meet their needs.

We also want to concentrate more resources at the front door of Newham University Hospital and in the community, so that people can be treated more quickly and then go home to a supportive environment, without the need to be admitted into hospital. More from Dr Chandra

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