Nearly a quarter of people trying to see their GPs in the North East & Cumbria have faced difficulty in getting an appointment. Labour today highlighted figures from Ipos Mori which reveal that 24.9% of patients in the region had to wait a week or more to see or speak to their GP or couldn’t get an appointment at all the last time they tried in 2015.
These figures are the symptom of a Tory government that has left the NHS in meltdown and GP services in crisis.
Under David Cameron’s government, general practice has been left underfunded, understaffed and unable to cope with rising demand.
Across the country, millions of patients are having to wait more than a week to see or speak to their GP or can’t get an appointment at all.
Many of those patients who can’t get a timely appointment with their GP are having to turn to A&E, which is putting added pressure onto hospitals that are already at breaking point.
Ministers are in denial, but the reality is this crisis in general practice is a consequence of their failed policies.
Heidi Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said:
“More than five years of David Cameron’s government has left the NHS in meltdown and GP services in crisis.
“Millions of patients across the country are struggling to see their family doctor and cuts to funding mean this situation is likely to get worse, not better.
“David Cameron talks about a seven-day NHS, but the reality is he is failing to deliver a five-day NHS and patient care is suffering as a result.
“The Tories need to start taking some responsibility for this situation. Rather than standing by and doing nothing, we need to see proper plan for improving the NHS and ensuring patients get the care they need, when they need it.”