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Beccles Medical Centre recruits new clinician to help tackle staffing shortage

PUBLISHED: 14:35 04 October 2017

Beccles Health Campus.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Beccles Health Campus. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A medical practice suffering from ongoing staffing issues is welcoming the arrival of a locum doctor to help deal with patient demand.

Dr Lauren Whittaker will be joining Beccles Medical Centre for three days a week from Tuesday, October 10.

A spokesman for the centre said: “We are pleased to welcome Dr Whittaker to Beccles Medical Centre.

“She will be joining us as a long-term locum on Tuesday and we look forward to working with her.”

The past six months has seen four GPs retire, four resign and another take long-term sick leave.

Staffing issues have been forcing the practice to ask patients to self-care and only contact it with “urgent medical problems.”

The spokesman added: “We are continuing to work closely with the Clinical Commissioning Group to recruit further clinicians and will keep our patients informed as these plans progress.

“We would like to thank our patients once more for their ongoing support during this period.”

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