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Waiting time in Harlow surgeries getting longer and longer say Labour

Politics / Tue 5th Aug 2014 at 11:06am

ALMOST 1 in 5 patients in the Harlow area waited seven days or longer to see a GP the last time they tried, an official NHS survey has found. 

18 per cent of local patients – 51, 962 people – faced a wait of a week or more when they phoned for an appointment in the last year. 



Labour has pledged to invest £100 million in GP surgeries – saved by scrapping David Cameron’s NHS market rules that waste millions on lawyers fees and contract tendering – to guarantee appointments within 48 hours or on the same day for those who need it. 

The annual NHS England survey, released earlier this month, also revealed that local patients struggle to see the family doctor of their choosing. 45% of patients who have a preferred GP had to see another doctor when they last went to their surgery. The next Labour Government will also give patients the right to book ahead with the GP they prefer to see. 



The delays have left more than 10% of local people saying they would not recommend their family’s practice to new patients. 

Suzy Stride, Labour’s candidate in Harlow said:

”David Cameron has made it harder for people in Harlow to get a GP appointment – proof he can’t be trusted with our local NHS.

”Within days of the last election, he scrapped Labour’s appointments guarantee and now thousands of people here are waiting over a week. Labour will scrap David Cameron’s NHS market and invest the savings in helping people get a GP appointment within 48 hours or on the same day for those who need it.”

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

”This survey confirms what Labour has been saying. People want to be able to see the GP they trust, and who knows their family history, but are left phoning the surgery day after day only to be disappointed. Patients are waiting days or even weeks for appointments and that is forcing people to A&E in record numbers. 

“People know from their own experience that the NHS is heading downhill under this Government.”


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1 Comment for Waiting time in Harlow surgeries getting longer and longer say Labour:

UKMaverick785
2014-08-11 15:48:23

In short - Labour want to bring the target culture that was so damaging and so slammed in the report into Stafford Hospital into GP Primary Care! I would have thought Mr.Burnham would have learnt from his Government experiences - clearly not! Let me, as someone who spent ten years as a Medical Representative selling into the NHS set the scene - and show readers why this Labour pledge is useless. This was the state of play in an East London Primary Care Trust about ten years ago. They had 75 GPs, which was 7.5GPs short of what they needed for their population, and 50 of those 75 qualified for retirement during the next five years. However, John Reid the then Health Secretary came out and said GPs should only have 2,500 patients on their lists. This PCT did a simple calculation and found out that they would need another - 184 GPs to achieve this! So in light of the fact they could not find 7.5 for their current vacancies, and would have another 50 to replace over the next five years, where did the Labour Government suggest they found 184+50+7.5 = 241.5 new GPs from? In short - don't be fooled by Labour's stupid back of an envelope manifesto - it's meaningless. But I will leave you with this thought - that was data from ten years ago - what do people think has happened to the population in this PCT area in those ten years? Yes, I think it will have gone up too - so the situation will be EVEN WORSE. In fact it was projected to increase 13% by 2011 and by 14% by 2021!!!!

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