We need a fairer share of healthcare in Dover. Upgrading Dover's Minor Injuries Unit to create a local emergency centre will help get better healthcare for local people.
Charlie: In Dover, we are looking at ways of reducing the pressure on A and E through the Prime Minister's "8 till 8" challenge fund, and at upgrading the minor injuries unit to create a local emergency centre. Is that not a more fruitful thing to do than simply revelling in the winter problems in the NHS, as the Opposition have been doing?
Jeremy Hunt (Health Secretary): My hon. Friend is right. The NHS wants to know that it has a Government who have a long-term plan for the NHS, who are prepared to fund that plan and who have thought about the long-term solutions. Better access to GPs is one of the key things, as is access to a GP who actually knows about the patient and their condition. Sadly, we lost named GPs following the changes to the GP contract in 2004, but I am proud to say that, from next April, we will be bringing them back.
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