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Louise Baldock with local GP Dr Paul Williams

The North East can expect an estimated additional 500 General Practitioners under Labour’s plan to create an NHS with time to care.

The new figure, announced today, is part of Labour’s plan to recruit 8,000 more GPs across the country by 2020 to ensure better access and help surgeries offer more convenient opening times.

This will be in addition to the 1,300 extra nurses for the region announced earlier this month.

Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, said:

"GP services have gone into freefall under this Government. David Cameron promised to put GPs at the heart of the NHS but instead caused a new GP recruitment crisis. Under his Government, it is getting harder and harder to get GP appointment as result. This cannot carry on. Labour will recruit hundreds more GPs in every region of England, including 500 in North East.

“If the Tories get back in, the queues outside GP surgeries will get even worse. Their extreme plans for spending cuts will mean they won't be able to protect the NHS. They will cut the GP budget in the next Parliament just as they have in this.

"Labour has a better plan for the NHS and GP services. We will invest £2.5 billion extra each year from a mansion tax to recruit 8,000 more GPs and guarantee appointments within 48 hours. This will help build an NHS with time to care, that starts in people’s homes and helps keep them out of hospital.”

Welcoming the announcement, Louise Baldock, Labour’s candidate for Stockton South said:

“This is great news. Five hundred extra GPs for the region will make a real impact. I’ve spoken to many local residents in Stockton South who have told me how difficult it is to get an appointment to see their local doctors. The Conservative-led government have broken their promises to patients and it’s not good enough.

“These extra GPs will help deliver our better plan to ensure that people get appointments within 48 hours if they need it.”

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