New data, from the House of Commons Library, has revealed that 59.6% of patients in York are receiving in-person GP appointments, with nearly 13,000 residents having had to wait more than 28 days for their appointment.
The Commons library figures, which looked at the percentage of face-to-face appointments and waiting times from the start of January to the middle of last month, reveal that in 25 of the 106 local health trusts across the country face-to-face appointments take place in less than 50 per cent of cases. Before the pandemic an estimated 80% of GP appointments were taking place face to face.
NHS Vale of York CCG has previously said that a surge in demand is affecting GP practices, primary and community healthcare and urged residents to use online services, submit requests for prescriptions in plenty of time and consider self-care for illnesses such as colds and stomach upset.
Councillor Carol Runciman, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, commented:
"Firstly, I would like to thank those working within our NHS system under huge pressure at the moment whilst continuing to maintain high standards of care for patients.
“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 grapple with the problem of rising waiting times and a backlog of people waiting for treatment.
“With data showing that GPs are under enormous pressure and residents left deserving better, the Government must get to grips with the issue of waiting times that are far too long. The Liberal Democrats are calling on Ministers to implement a three step plan to deal with the problem: train more GPs and other primary healthcare staff such as nurses and physios, increase per patient funding for surgeries and fully support our local practices.”