Andy Burnham announces Labour will hire 700 new GPs to be recruited in the South West under a Labour government
Labour has today announced that it will recruit 700 more GP’s in the South West if elected in May.
Based on current trends, five more years of the Tories’ failing plan would mean that, by 2020, there would be over 20 million people waiting a week or more for a GP appointment or unable to get one at all.
Labour will also guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours as part of its plan to increase NHS funding by £2.5 billion a year with its Time to Care fund.
Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, said:
"GP services have gone into freefall under this Government. David Cameron promised to put GPs at the heart of the NHS but instead caused a new GP recruitment crisis. Under his Government, it is getting harder and harder to get GP appointment as result. This cannot carry on. Labour will recruit hundreds more GPs in every region of England, including 700 in the South West.
“If the Tories get back in, the queues outside GP surgeries will get even worse. Their extreme plans for spending cuts will mean they won't be able to protect the NHS. They will cut the GP budget in the next Parliament just as they have in this.
"Labour has a better plan for the NHS and GP services. We will invest £2.5 billion extra each year from a mansion tax to recruit 8,000 more GPs and guarantee appointments within 48 hours. This will help build an NHS with time to care, that starts in people’s homes and helps keep them out of hospital.”
Mark Dempsey, Labour’s candidate for North Swindon, said:
“Before the last General Election, the Conservatives promised they would guarantee access to GPs seven days a week - in fact David Cameron made it the centrepiece of his manifesto launch in April 2010. But in Government he has not only failed to deliver on his pledge but he has made it harder to see a GP.
Labour’s pledge is great news and 700 GPs will make a massive difference in Swindon where our NHS is incredibly overstretched.”