Over the past few months York residents have responded by the thousand to a local Lib Dem health survey.
Responses from Fulford & Heslington residents showed that 50% think it is not easy to get the help they need from their GP practice, and only 15% thought it was getting easier to get help quickly.
Some residents told us that they like the convenience and flexibility of virtual consultations, but 84% expressed a preference for face-to-face appointments. Local councillor Keith Aspden 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 that they are aware of residents’ concerns and can consider how 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.”
The survey revealed that many residents face difficulties accessing dental services, with 25% of respondents in Fulford & Heslington saying they hadn’t been able to register with a dentist, and 31% saying they had needed to pay for private treatment because NHS dentistry wasn’t available.
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.