Lib Dems announce five year plan to give patients in York right to see a GP within a week

27 May 2024
Alan Page at Acomb Garth

The Liberal Democrats have announced that their five year plan to give patients in York a legal right to see a GP within a week or 24-hours if in urgent need will be in their General Election manifesto.

The number of disturbingly long waits in York has been getting worse. In 2022, there were 263,758 over two weeks, or 14.2% of all appointments. Last year this shot up drastically to 369,231 or 17.6% of all appointments. This included a staggering 103,646 which took longer than a month, 5% of all appointments.

The Liberal Democrats have said that under their plans, patients will no longer be left waiting for an appointment and risk their conditions getting worse.

The party will deliver the plan by:

- Increasing the number of full-time equivalent GPs by 8,000, half by boosting recruitment and half from retaining more experienced GPs.

- Freeing up GPs’ time by giving more prescribing rights and public health advisory services to qualified pharmacists, nurse practitioners and paramedics.

- Introducing a universal 24/7 GP booking system.

- Removing top-down bureaucracy to let practices hire the staff they need and invest in training.

Andrew Hollyer at Haxby Health Centre

Liberal Democrat candidate for York Outer, Andrew Hollyer said:

“This Conservative government has driven our area’s local health services into the ground. Thousands of patients in York are facing agonisingly long waits, often in terrible pain whilst waiting to see their GP. The Conservative party have proven themselves totally unfit to run our NHS. They have abandoned local health services and it is patients bearing the brunt of their neglect.

Liberal Democrat candidate for York Central, Alan Page, added:

“It should not be too much to ask for patients to be able to see their GP when they need to. That is why the Liberal Democrats have committed to a fair deal for this community’s patients and legal right to see a GP within a week.”

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