Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP, Tom Blenkinsop, has today (13th May 2014) welcomed Labour’s pledge to guarantee a ‘GP appointment within 48 hours for all who want one and an appointment on the same day for all who need one.’
The pledge came following figures showing the proportion of patients getting a GP appointment in 48 hours has fallen from 80 per cent under the last Labour government to just 40 per cent now.
“Difficulty in getting an appointment to see a GP has put pressure on many aspects of our NHS, most notably it has resulted in a crisis in understaffed A&E’s. So I’m certain this pledge will be welcomed by my constituents who are finding it harder to see their GP.
“David Cameron has broken his promise to protect the NHS and patients are paying the price. We have fewer nurses, walk-in centres are under threat and £3 billion has been wasted on a top-down reorganisation that nobody wanted.
“A Labour government will invest an extra £100 million a year in family doctor practices which could pay for an additional 3 million GP appointments every year. This will significantly improve care for patients, ease the pressure across the NHS, and could save hundreds of millions of pounds by reducing the number of patients going to A&E departments and avoidable hospital admissions.
“Put simply: the NHS will be better off with Labour. We’ll reverse David Cameron’s reorganisation that put private profit before patient care.”
Labour will give all NHS patients contacting their surgery 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.