Rachel backs Labour's call for a guaranteed GP appointment within 48 hours
As part of Labour’s plans to improve services for patients and ease pressure on local hospitals, Rachel has backed Labour’s new guarantee for patients to be able to see a GP within 48 hours or on the same day if they need to be seen quickly.
Under the scheme, GP surgeries in Leeds West and across the country will be given an extra £100 million a year to achieve this massive improvement in standards - enough to pay for an additional three million GP appointments every year. It will also ease the pressure across the NHS and could save millions of pounds by reducing the number of patients going to A&E departments.
At the same time that Labour unveiled its new guarantee for patients, new figures showed that the proportion of patients getting a GP appointment in 48 hours has fallen from 80 per cent under the last Labour government to just 40 per cent under David Cameron.
Rachel said: “Many of my constituents contact me saying that they have to wait for many days to see their Doctor, and sometimes are not able to book an appointment for a couple of weeks ahead, this is unacceptable and I am really pleased that the next Labour Government will offer a guaranteed appointment within 48 hours.”