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30% of people living in Bristol are waiting over a week to get a GP appointment

30% of people living in Bristol are waiting over a week to get a GP appointment

New data shows that over 30% of people living in NHS Bristol CCG area are waiting over a week to see their GP when trying to book an appointment.

Marvin Rees, Labour’s candidate for Bristol Mayor, said:

“This issue is causing real problems in Bristol and means that nearly a third of people cannot see their GP when they need to. I want to see Bristol’s Mayor standing up and fighting the government on their failure to provide for our health service.

“If I am elected I will support our NHS; I will fight for more hospital beds, strengthen Bristol’s mental health services and provide more training for dementia carers to make our city dementia friendly. I will also return the post of Director of Public Health to the most senior level in the city council and work with health organisations to appoint a city health commissioner.”

This will ease the pressure on our GPs who are facing major budget cuts and an ever deepening NHS crisis.”

Heidi Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said:

“More than five years of David Cameron’s government has left the NHS in meltdown and GP services in crisis.

“Millions of patients across the country are struggling to see their family doctor and cuts to funding mean this situation is likely to get worse, not better.

“David Cameron talks about a seven-day NHS, but the reality is he is failing to deliver a five-day NHS and patient care is suffering as a result.

“The Tories need to start taking some responsibility for this situation. Rather than standing by and doing nothing, we need to see proper plan for improving the NHS and ensuring patients get the care they need, when they need it.”

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