SSP Health’s Director and GP Dr Shikha Pitalia has been interviewed live on Sky News.
Dr Pitalia was on Kay Burley@Breakfast, with presenter Kay Burley in Wigan as part of the channel’s election coverage.
Dr Pitalia gave her her an insight into healthcare in the borough and urged whoever is voted in as MP to work with the many excellent professionals across Wigan to tackle the area’s challenges.
The interview was live from Wigan Warriors’ rugby training facility at Robin Park Arena and Dr Pitalia highlighted the fantastic work of SSP Health staff at Marsh Green Medical Practice – located in one of the most deprived areas of Greater Manchester – less than a mile away from where filming was taking place.
She said the practice – which was rated Outstanding recently by the Care Quality Commission, just over a year after SSP Health took over the running of it – had reduced its level of opioid prescribing by a third through a programme of action after it was recognised as the highest dispenser of these type of drugs in Wigan.
Dr Pitalia also highlighted that SSP Health was addressing the nationwide shortage of GPs by taking away the admin burden from them and giving it to the federation’s back office team, which improves GPs’ work/life balance and allows them to concentrate on caring for their patients.
Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/Jk4RrD1qCF4
Dr Pitalia is pictured being interviewed by presenter Kay Burley.