The next election is a crunch moment for our National Health Service. With nurses cut, waiting times up and billions of pounds spent on a reorganisation that nobody wanted, the NHS is under severe pressure.
David Cameron promised to protect the NHS but it is clear that it has gone downhill on his watch. He has 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.
The next Labour government will help patients see their family GP and put an end to the scandal of week-long waits for appointments.
Twice as many patients are waiting over 48 hours; a quarter of people cannot even get an appointment in the same week.
Residents in Ingleby Barwick and Yarm for instance have told me they are regularly waiting up to 3 weeks for an appointment.
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.
Tell me about your own waiting times experiences by filling out this survey. There are only 2 questions and it will help me to campaign effectively on improving our local health services. All responses will be kept confidential.