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The doctor can’t see you now


New figures from NHS England show that 15% of people in West Yorkshire could not get an appointment to see or speak to a GP or nurse the last time they tried.


In June alone, 62,727 appointments were held a month late in West Yorkshire.


When the Conservatives entered government in 2010, they scrapped the guarantee of a GP appointment within 48 hours.


Over the twelve years of Conservative government since then, public satisfaction with GP services has fallen by 39 percentage points – from 77 per cent in Labour’s last year in government, to just 38 per cent now, the lowest level since the survey began in 1983.


Data from the NHS also finds that 27 % of appointments aren’t held face-to-face.


The Government has admitted it is failing to meet its manifesto pledge to recruit more GPs. Under the Conservatives, the number of GPs is falling and hundreds of GP practices have closed since the 2019 general election. As a result, many ‘GP appointments’ held today are not with a GP.


A BBC Panorama investigation in June found that unqualified staff at Operose Health practices, the UK’s largest GP chain, are seeing patients without the required supervision, instead of doctors.


Wes Streeting MP, Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, said:


“Patients are finding it impossible to get a GP appointment when they need one.

“The Conservatives have closed hundreds of practices since the 2019 election and are breaking their manifesto promise to hire more GPs.


“Labour will recruit and retain the staff the NHS needs to treat patients on time.”


Wakefield MP, Simon Lightwood said:


I hear all too often from concerned constituents who are struggling to see a GP because this Government is failing to staff our health service.


As a former NHS worker myself I know how hard NHS staff are working, but we need more GPs. The Conservatives have once again over-promised and under-delivered.


“People in Wakefield deserve a Labour government that will give the NHS what it needs to see people on time, not more of the same from the Conservatives.”


UNDER THE CONSERVATIVES THE DOCTOR CAN'T SEE YOU NOW  15% of people in West Yorkshire could not get an appointment to see or speak to a GP or nurse the last time they tried.  In June alone, 62,727 appointments were held a month late in West Yorkshire.  Over the last 12 years of  Conservative government the satisfaction with GP services is down 39% from 77% under Labour to just 38% now  The Conservatives have closed hundreds of practices since the 2019 and are breaking their manifesto promise to hire more GPs.  Labour will recruit and retain the staff the NHS needs to treat patients on time

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