Thousands of local patients wait over a week to see a GP. 43,575 patients locally waited seven days or longer to see a GP the last time they tried, an official NHS survey has found. 12% of patients in the West Leicestershire CCG area – 43,575 people - faced a wait of a week or more when they phoned for an appointment in the last year.
After years of falling waiting lists with Labour, waiting lists for treatment are growing again – they’re at their highest level for five years. It’s harder to get to see your family doctor. David Cameron scrapped Labour’s guarantee of a GP appointment within 48 hours – and now 60 per cent of patients say they can’t see their GP within two days.
I am launching Labour’s summer NHS campaign to raise awareness of the growing crisis. The local Labour Party are delivering a newspaper across the constituency telling local people what Labour will do to end David Cameron’s GP crisis. Take a look at it here.
If elected next year Labour will:
- Guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours.
- For those patients who need it, maybe because they are elderly or worried about their children or have an urgent problem, we want to see them get a same-day appointment with their surgery. That could be as simple as a phone call with your Doctor or Nurse.
- We will also give people the right to book more than 48 hours ahead with the GP of their choice. This is important for those for whom the priority is not speed but the ability to plan ahead and the ability to see the same doctor.
I hear from local people time and time again that they can’t get an appointment to see their GP. GPs are the frontline in NHS care and the figures released by the NHS are scandalous. I work with the NHS every day for a disabled children’s charity, I know how important the NHS and the power to see your GP is.
That’s why I’m championing Labour’s GP Guarantee locally. David Cameron took away Labour’s 48 hour guarantee, claiming it wasn’t a priority, now 43,575 people in West Leicestershire last year faced a wait of over a week to see their GP, with 60% waiting over 48 hours.
We need to get a grip on GP waiting times and that’s why Labour will bring in a 48 hour GP Guarantee. We’ll also give patients with urgent needs the right to speak to their GP the same day and give you more right to book in advance if that’s best for you.