According to Pulse’s annual survey of waiting times, for the first time ever the average wait for a routine GP appointment is now more than two weeks.
Responding to the survey, Liberal Democrat Health & Care Spokesperson for the West Midlands Lee Dargue, said:
“The call from the Conservatives that they are the Party of the NHS should be condemned. For the first time ever, patients now have to wait over two weeks for a GP appointment. This is unacceptable, but completely foreseeable due to the lack of investment from Conservative governments.
“In addition, GPs are over-worked and struggle to meet the needs of patients in inner cities and rural areas. Many older GPs can’t work overtime, or are choosing to retire early, due to the appalling disincentives in the tax system. We aren’t getting enough younger GPs in to fill increasing requirements.
“The Liberal Democrats would save the NHS by stopping Brexit. After that, in government, we would implement a national workforce strategy to tackle the staffing crisis, and properly fund Health and Care services.
“Whilst we would deliver more doctors and nurses, we would ensure that the welfare of NHS staff is a priority, which will help to deliver better care to everyone that needs it.”