"Bad GP service"

About: Bexley Care Trust

(as a relative),

My wife had a positive pregnancy test, so we went to our GP in South-East London). Without seeking our views, the doctor immediately phoned a friend at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup, talking to him about us in a foreign language. When I then said that we did not wish to go to Queen Mary's, as we regarded as unsafe, he literally threw something at me! He then refused to deal with us any more or answer any questions, telling us that we had to phone the midwife-run maternity line. Subsequently, Queen Mary's maternity service has (for the second year running) been closed for the winter as it is unsafe, meaning that we wouldn't have been able to use it even if we had wanted to!

We have not been able to change GP, as there is no other service - other than one in a Portakabin in a car park, which does not have permanent staff - in Bexley that will take us, and the way GP practices 'carve up' local areas between them means that we cannot use any GPs in Kent, despite living a couple of hundred yards from the 'border', with a GP about 0.8 of a mile away, closer than the GP we are forced to use. So much for NHS choices (who refused to print this story on their website)...

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