Over the past few months York residents have responded by the thousand to a local Lib Dem health survey.
Responses from Rawcliffe and Clifton Without residents showed that 72.2% think it is not easy to get the help they need from their GP practice, and only 21.5% thought they could get help quickly. Some residents told us that they like the convenience and flexibility of virtual consultations, but 90% expressed a preference for face-to-face appointments.
Local councillor Derek Wann said “Thank you to everyone that returned the survey – some of the findings are very concerning, with some harrowing individual stories of struggles to get help. We will share the high-level findings from the survey with local GP practices so they are aware of residents’ concerns and can consider how access to services can be improved.
“We will also be using the results from the survey to make your voice heard and call for more Government investment in our local services. We shouldn't forget that our local GPs, dentists and healthcare teams work incredibly hard, and need more support and resources.”
The survey revealed that many residents face difficulties accessing dental services, with 25.8% of respondents locally saying they hadn’t been able to register with a dentist, and 40.2% saying they had needed to pay for private treatment because NHS dentistry wasn’t available.
This April, York’s Lib Dem councillors secured cross party backing for a motion calling for the Government to enact reforms including more investment, recognising overseas dentistry qualifications and implementing an urgent programme to recruit and retain more NHS dentists.