Monday, 19 May 2014

Labour guarantees patients the right to see a GP within 48 hour

Under the Tory-led Government it has become harder to see a GP. More people have to wait over 48 hours for an appointment, and over a quarter of the public say they can’t get an appointment in the same week.

That’s awful for families who depend on their local GP service, and it’s also putting huge strain on our A&Es which are also now in crisis.

That’s why Labour has announced plans to improve services for patients and ease pressure on local hospitals. There will be a guarantee of a GP appointment within 48 hours. And for those patients who feel their problem requires immediate attention, we will promise a phone consultation with a nurse or doctor and if it’s urgent, a same-day appointment.

Labour will invest an extra £100 million a year in general practice to help ease current pressures and support the delivery of these new access standards - enough to pay for an additional three million GP appointments every year. It will also ease the pressure across the NHS and could save millions of pounds by reducing the number of patients going to A and E departments.

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.

Under the Tory-led Government a quarter of people now cannot get an appointment with a GP in the same week, adding to the pressure on A and E departments. Local patients are fed up of waiting for days before being seen by a local GP and this scandal can’t continue.

That’s why I’m backing Labour’s plan to raise standards, put patients first and guarantee them an appointment with a local GP within 48 hours or on the same day if they need to be seen quickly.

People in Haslingden and Hyndburn are fed up of David Cameron’s broken promises to protect the NHS. It just goes to show that the Tories can’t be trusted with our National Health Service.