1100 new doctors locally with Labour Government


LABOUR will employ an extra 1100 doctors in the North West as part of its plan to invest in better health care for local people.

The pledge comes as new figures reveal that 600 fewer GP surgeries across England are open in the evening and at weekends under the Tories.

Patients are being forced to turn to A&E as they struggle to secure a slot to see their doctor on the first working day after the Easter break.

David Cameron first promised seven-day opening for GP surgeries in the Conservative manifesto before the last general election in May 2010, but then cut back Labour’s evening and weekend GP opening.

Meanwhile, nearly two million more patients are unhappy with GP opening hours.

Government figures show 590 fewer GP practices now able to offer patients appointments on weekday evenings, Saturdays or Sundays, compared with 2010. 

Labour will employ 8,000 more GP's nationally and ensure there are better opening times for all patients.

Angela Rayner said: "People in Ashton-under-Lyne face the frustration of joining a queue to see their GP – in some places the lines go out of the surgery door.

"After five years of David Cameron, patients at local surgeries can no longer get a GP appointment when they need one.

"One of Cameron’s first acts as Prime Minister was to cut Labour’s extended opening hours scheme and scrap our guarantee of an appointment within 48 hours.

"If David Cameron gets back in, his extreme spending cuts mean the queues outside GP surgeries will get even worse.

“The NHS needs Labour's better plan for 8,000 more GPs and guaranteed appointments within 48 hours, paid for by a Mansion Tax and a levy on the big tobacco companies.”

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