Under this Government, it has got harder to get a GP appointment.
Twice as many patients are waiting over 48 hours; a quarter of people cannot even get an appointment in the same week.
Across the constituency, people tell me they are calling the surgery early in the morning only to be told there is nothing available for days.
This cannot go on. It is dangerous for patients and piling more pressure on already over-stretched A&Es.
With Labour, patients will get the right to:
- Consult a doctor or a nurse at their local GP surgery on the same day.
- Get an appointment at their surgery on the same day if they need to be seen quickly.
- Have a guaranteed appointment at their GP surgery within 48 hours.
- Book an appointment more than 48 hours ahead with the GP of their choice.
We will help GPs do this by scrapping Cameron & Clegg’s market and investing in primary care to pay for 3 million more appointments every year.
David Cameron promised to protect the NHS but it is now plain for all to see that it has gone downhill on his watch. The Tories – propped up by the Lib Dems - have cut GP services, removed Labour’s guarantee of an appointment within 48 hours and funding for evening and weekend opening. Make no mistake - this is a mess of his making.
Only Labour's GP guarantee will give patients what they want and put the NHS back on the right path.
Labour & Co-operative candidate for Redcar