Three in ten (30.7%) people in York had to wait eight days or more for a GP appointment, the highest level since before the pandemic in February 2020, new NHS figures have revealed.
Meanwhile only 36% of people were able to get a same-day appointment in October, significantly lower than the national average of 40.3%.
The figures show the government must urgently fix the GP recruitment crisis, as delays to GP appointments are piling more pressure on A&Es ahead of a difficult winter.
It comes after Health Secretary Sajid Javid admitted that the Government is not on course to meet its target of recruiting 6,000 more GPs by 2025.
Councillor Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, commented:
“GPs have truly gone above and beyond throughout this pandemic, working tirelessly to make sure everyone could contact their GP even when face-to-face appointments couldn’t go ahead. Despite their incredible determination and work, both surgeries and residents are now being let down by a Government that is failing to recruit more doctors and grapple with the problem of rising waiting times.
“This is having a devastating knock-on impact on our hospitals, as residents who can’t get a GP appointment unfortunately often go to their local A&E instead.
“The Conservative Government must urgently get a grip of this crisis ahead of the challenging winter months ahead.”