By Dr Jose Garcia Lobera, chair of NHS Southend CCG
The health system across Southend is in a state of peaks and troughs. Some services, such as A&E, are being overused and as a result are under great pressure. Others, like our local pharmacists, are not being used enough and so have spare capacity. Local health partners, including the hospital and council, are working with us to ensure people are using local health services appropriately.