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Five thousand patients told their GP surgery is closing

Five thousand patients at a doctors surgery have been told the centre is to close. The Folkestone East Family Practice has told ITV Meridian it has no choice as it's struggling to recruit new GPs. The move has angered patients who say all the other local surgeries are full. Tom Savvides has this report.

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Doctors say patient care could suffer after a massive rise in charges

Doctors surgeries hit my massive increases in service charges say they could be forced to sack staff as a result. They warn that patient care could be affected as a result. It comes after the NHS re-calculated the amount of money GPs have to pay for buildings they rent from the Health Service. Some have received bills with increases of up to 1,000%. Tom Savvides reports from the Faversham Medical Practice in Kent, where GPs are refusing to pay the extra costs.


Doctors devise a way you can 'Waitless' at Accident and Emergency

We know that our local accident and emergency departments are under enormous pressure and the next few weeks are usually their busiest time of year.

So we are advised to avoid it unless absolutely necessary, especially when a local minor injuries unit might be a quicker option.

But how to decide where to go? Well, one NHS trust in Kent has launched a new smartphone app - using real time updates about travel and waiting times - so people can chose the place with the shortest wait.

Sarah Saunders spoke to Dr John Ribchester and patients at the Estuary View Medical Centre in Whitstable, Kent.

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Operations postponed as junior doctors strike

Hundreds of hospital appointments have been postponed across the south east as junior doctors take part in a forty eight hour strike. It's the third walk out in a continuing dispute with the Government over pay and working practices. The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, wants to push through a new contract which includes weekend working. But doctors say they will be over-stretched. Tom Savvides has the latest.

Junior doctors back to work after 24-hour strike

Junior doctors walked out across the region Credit: ITV

Hospital operations, check-ups and tests are expected to back to normal this morning - following a 24-hour strike.

Junior doctors from hospitals across the region walked out in a row over pay and working conditions. The strike finishes at 8am this morning. Many operations and appointments were cancelled.


Doctors' strike put on hold - but too late for many patients

Despite an eleventh hour deal late last night to call off the junior doctors' 24 hour strike, it was too late for patients who had already had their treatment cancelled.

Among them, Alainah Rook from Faversham who is frequently hospitalised and who was due to have an important diagnostic treatment. That was postponed when the hospital thought it wouldn't have enough doctors.

But this is her reaction - Alainah is still supporting the doctors.

The 23 year-old from Faversham has been hospitalised regularly over the past 5 years - for a complicated set of conditions.

Her diagnostic treatment today - which was cancelled because of the expected strike - would have established whether she has a pancreatic tumour.

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Woman is jailed after stealing doctor's identity

Oluwadamilola Opemuyi was arrested at a pharmacy Credit: Kent Police

A woman who admitted stealing a doctor’s identity to fraudulently gain work treating patients throughout England has been jailed for two years and four months.

Oluwadamilola Opemuyi, 29, formerly of Bridgeside Mews, Maidstone, used the doctor’s details alongside a number of false documents to find employment through a locum agency.

From 12-23 January 2015 she treated patients at three separate locations in Essex and Liverpool, as well as at two prisons on the Isle of Sheppey.

Opemuyi’s crimes came to light when she was arrested at a pharmacy in Maidstone on after attempting to collect two prescriptions she had written for herself.

She was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court, having pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud by false representation, three counts of forgery and two counts of possessing a false identity document with intent.

Doctors' surgeries under the spotlight

As the Accident and Emergency crisis continues to blight hospitals across the Thames Valley, our doctors' surgeries are now also under the spotlight.

The Care Quality Commission has published a report on the quality of care provided by GP practices. The review looked at whether they're safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led. Out of the 15 surgeries inspected by the CQC, 11 were found to be good. But four were rated as needing improvement.

Juliette Fletcher has been finding out what makes the good surgeries good and what's going wrong at the others.

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