Labour promises to end long waits to see GPs

Daily Echo: Labour promises to end long waits to see doctor Labour promises to end long waits to see doctor

LABOUR vowed tonight to end long waits to see a GP, promising all patients an appointment within 48 hours.

Ed Miliband sought to put the health service at the centre of his election campaign, describing growing struggles to see a family doctor as a “scandal”.

Earlier this year, an official survey that one in nine patients in Southampton are unable to book a slot at a surgery when they need one.

Patients are being turned away on thousands of occasions each year in the city, according to the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

Now Mr Miliband has promised a new “GP guarantee”, giving all patients contacting their local surgery the right to:

• Consult a doctor or a nurse on the same day.

• Get an appointment on the same day, if they need to be seen quickly.

• An appointment within 48 hours.

• Book an appointment more than 48 hours ahead, with the GP of their choice.

Mr Miliband said: “People remember the promises David Cameron made at the last election, the airbrushed posters and the three letters he said he cared about most: NHS.

“But we all know the reality now - the broken promises.

“He promised that people should be able to see their GP “24/7”, but a quarter of the public now say they can’t get an appointment in the same week.”

Mr Miliband said Labour would plough an extra £100m a year into family doctor practices, which could pay for an additional three million GP appointments.

The money would come from scrapping “unnecessary administration and legal fees”, by removing the threat of EU competition law, and by axing “bureaucracy”.

A GP appointment within 48 hours would reinstate a guarantee that was scrapped in June 2010 because, the incoming Coalition argued, it had “no clinical justification”.

It was a view backed by many GPs, who warned the most seriously-ill patients were at risk as appointments were grabbed by people who did not need them quickly.

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7:51pm Mon 12 May 14

issacchunt says...

Is this as certain as the referendum labour promised us under Tony Blair which we did'nt get?

Promising anything to get a vote. Promise to shape up and be honest, especially after UKIP slap all parties backsides.
Is this as certain as the referendum labour promised us under Tony Blair which we did'nt get? Promising anything to get a vote. Promise to shape up and be honest, especially after UKIP slap all parties backsides. issacchunt
  • Score: 5

8:18pm Mon 12 May 14

KSO16R says...

If ukip but taxes will the waiting times get longer?
If ukip but taxes will the waiting times get longer? KSO16R
  • Score: -4

9:12pm Mon 12 May 14

Lockssmart says...

This is the very reason why Labour will never get back in. Come up with something achievable you idiot.
This is the very reason why Labour will never get back in. Come up with something achievable you idiot. Lockssmart
  • Score: 6

9:28pm Mon 12 May 14

SOULJACKER says...

Lets face it they are all a bunch of untrustworthy liars & I reckon that Blair started it all off, handed the baton to Gordon & Cameron is simply keeping the deceit going!
They have all lost control of the 'NHS' & now the election is looming, they are all making promises that they can't very well keep.
My Doctors surgery require me to be able to see into the future & determine when I am going to be ill & therefore I have to wait over a week to be seen & thus end up sitting in the waiting room with all the 'misfits' & the smiley :) happy staff (sarcasm) at South Hants walk-in centre.
They have three doctors & a nurse at my doctors surgery now as opposed to the one doctor that they had up until recently & they seem to do less work to boot?????
They sure as hell aren't going to like it if they have to see people on the same day as they are ill either.
Lets face it they are all a bunch of untrustworthy liars & I reckon that Blair started it all off, handed the baton to Gordon & Cameron is simply keeping the deceit going! They have all lost control of the 'NHS' & now the election is looming, they are all making promises that they can't very well keep. My Doctors surgery require me to be able to see into the future & determine when I am going to be ill & therefore I have to wait over a week to be seen & thus end up sitting in the waiting room with all the 'misfits' & the smiley :) happy staff (sarcasm) at South Hants walk-in centre. They have three doctors & a nurse at my doctors surgery now as opposed to the one doctor that they had up until recently & they seem to do less work to boot????? They sure as hell aren't going to like it if they have to see people on the same day as they are ill either. SOULJACKER
  • Score: 5

10:28pm Mon 12 May 14

FoysCornerBoy says...

Party politics aside, this is a good call by Miliband. The NHS under this coalition government is a train crash waiting to happen and some major surgery is required to put things right. Hospitals are in meltdown, social services are in terminal crisis and the model for GP-led primary care is hopelessly outdated and no longer fit for purpose.

The independent Kings Fund gets it right by calling for additional investment to reform our care system and properly integrate health and social care. My criticism of Ed Miliband is that he isn't being bold enough on care reform.

More money is needed and I have no qualms about raising this from taxation, especially where this is graduated towards the unproductive and idle rich.
Party politics aside, this is a good call by Miliband. The NHS under this coalition government is a train crash waiting to happen and some major surgery is required to put things right. Hospitals are in meltdown, social services are in terminal crisis and the model for GP-led primary care is hopelessly outdated and no longer fit for purpose. The independent Kings Fund gets it right by calling for additional investment to reform our care system and properly integrate health and social care. My criticism of Ed Miliband is that he isn't being bold enough on care reform. More money is needed and I have no qualms about raising this from taxation, especially where this is graduated towards the unproductive and idle rich. FoysCornerBoy
  • Score: 1

5:53am Tue 13 May 14

aldermoorboy says...

Labour cannot be trusted, they have given our kids endless debt, bad sad Labour.
Labour cannot be trusted, they have given our kids endless debt, bad sad Labour. aldermoorboy
  • Score: -1

6:10am Tue 13 May 14

skeptik says...

The word 'never' so often used and so often proved wrong. In my near 70 years I have heard it so many times - after '13 years of Tory misrule' when we nearly had a run on the banks and a Tory chancellor left a note - 'sorry about the mess old son' for James Callaghan. Never again, Then we had the madness of Wilson and Callaghan - another fiasco followed by Ted Heath and on to today - when Blair/Brown were in power and the nation was awash with money (on paper) not a murmur of protest until the crash and then we had another 13 year period of misrule and another note left for the incoming chancellor Tory chancellor. The proven rule in elections - governments lose them oppositions do not win them - by default. All the coffee table topics go out of the window at election time - have I got a few pennies left at the end of the month, can I buy the things my children need, can I go on holiday and still be more then one pay packet away from evection? Add this to the problem this government has diversity of voting - mathematically they have a mountain to climb. As a long time member of the party - it was obvious that the infighting would start - and not just between Tory and Libdem - Tory backbenchers have historically put loyalty aside when things look bleak, save my seat becomes of more import than save the party - we would as footmen for the party watch in dismay as the backstabbing started. Keep watching.
The word 'never' so often used and so often proved wrong. In my near 70 years I have heard it so many times - after '13 years of Tory misrule' when we nearly had a run on the banks and a Tory chancellor left a note - 'sorry about the mess old son' for James Callaghan. Never again, Then we had the madness of Wilson and Callaghan - another fiasco followed by Ted Heath and on to today - when Blair/Brown were in power and the nation was awash with money (on paper) not a murmur of protest until the crash and then we had another 13 year period of misrule and another note left for the incoming chancellor Tory chancellor. The proven rule in elections - governments lose them oppositions do not win them - by default. All the coffee table topics go out of the window at election time - have I got a few pennies left at the end of the month, can I buy the things my children need, can I go on holiday and still be more then one pay packet away from evection? Add this to the problem this government has diversity of voting - mathematically they have a mountain to climb. As a long time member of the party - it was obvious that the infighting would start - and not just between Tory and Libdem - Tory backbenchers have historically put loyalty aside when things look bleak, save my seat becomes of more import than save the party - we would as footmen for the party watch in dismay as the backstabbing started. Keep watching. skeptik
  • Score: 0

6:11am Tue 13 May 14

townieboy says...

Talking about St Marys Surgery you need a week in advance at least. If you get an appointment its full of east europeans and their kids so how he will acheive this target i dont know.
Talking about St Marys Surgery you need a week in advance at least. If you get an appointment its full of east europeans and their kids so how he will acheive this target i dont know. townieboy
  • Score: -2

6:29am Tue 13 May 14

skeptik says...

Since 1988 we have had a dozen or so health secretaries 6 of one and half a dozen of the other - in they come and change everything the last holder started - to suggest one party is the saviour of the NHS is plain nonsense that can be checked on record. As much as I dislike Blair, he is not responsible for the world falling down. Once and only once did I vote for another party - when Virginia Bottomley was at the helm of the NHS - a total disaster. Suggesting it is all down to the last decade is wrong. New initiatives by ministers - 'look prime minister I am doing something. Placed in office they are not going to take over and carry on where the last minister left off especially from another party- never get noticed doing that. ' New ideas and you are on the ladder' do nothing new and it's off to the backbenches again. It would appear that failure whilst trying is better for promotion than succeeding quietly.
Since 1988 we have had a dozen or so health secretaries 6 of one and half a dozen of the other - in they come and change everything the last holder started - to suggest one party is the saviour of the NHS is plain nonsense that can be checked on record. As much as I dislike Blair, he is not responsible for the world falling down. Once and only once did I vote for another party - when Virginia Bottomley was at the helm of the NHS - a total disaster. Suggesting it is all down to the last decade is wrong. New initiatives by ministers - 'look prime minister I am doing something. Placed in office they are not going to take over and carry on where the last minister left off especially from another party- never get noticed doing that. ' New ideas and you are on the ladder' do nothing new and it's off to the backbenches again. It would appear that failure whilst trying is better for promotion than succeeding quietly. skeptik
  • Score: 1

7:08am Tue 13 May 14

Joseph Public says...

"End long waits to see a GP" - Nice headline grabber, pity about the practicalities.
"End long waits to see a GP" - Nice headline grabber, pity about the practicalities. Joseph Public
  • Score: 1

7:09am Tue 13 May 14

loosehead says...

Labours list of vote winning proposals get's longer & longer.This government is cutting red tape, is cutting bureaucracy so exactly where's this money coming from?
Will we leave the EU so have the money to spend in our own country?
Labours list of vote winning proposals get's longer & longer.This government is cutting red tape, is cutting bureaucracy so exactly where's this money coming from? Will we leave the EU so have the money to spend in our own country? loosehead
  • Score: 0

7:52am Tue 13 May 14

tootle says...

No idea what he is going on about. Never had to wait 48hours to see my GP. They run an awesome telephone service. They have polite, pleasant receptionists. Now my daughter has to book 3 weeks in advance or persuade a receptionist that she is ill enough for a doctor to call her and decide whether she needs an appointment or not. Different surgeries, different pack drill.
The difference - one is a small GP surgery, the other is a large conglomeration of doctors running 2 health centres!. She has more facilities, clinics etc, I have GP access. Take your pick.
Suppose it sounds good Labour will fix the NHS. Just like the "living wage" which is only needed because the lower paid are being taxed on their non-living wage.
No idea what he is going on about. Never had to wait 48hours to see my GP. They run an awesome telephone service. They have polite, pleasant receptionists. Now my daughter has to book 3 weeks in advance or persuade a receptionist that she is ill enough for a doctor to call her and decide whether she needs an appointment or not. Different surgeries, different pack drill. The difference - one is a small GP surgery, the other is a large conglomeration of doctors running 2 health centres!. She has more facilities, clinics etc, I have GP access. Take your pick. Suppose it sounds good Labour will fix the NHS. Just like the "living wage" which is only needed because the lower paid are being taxed on their non-living wage. tootle
  • Score: 1

11:09am Tue 13 May 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

In all fairness the Thatcherised NuLabour has never been short on suitable soundbites which tend to work well with the public, but they hardly ever deliver their pies in the sky when elected.

Last time when the nation trusted the NuLabourites led by Blair and Brown they privatised large parts of the same NHS, which they were supposed to protect. In Southampton RSH was handed over of private sector as was brand new hospital in Lymington.

They introduced student fees, siphoned off from pension pots sold nation's gold reserves on the cheap and wasted nations wealth on illegal and immoral occupation of Iraq.

Whatever little was left the Conservatised NuLabourites handed over to their buddies the bankers and left the country virtually bankrupt.

Apart from keeping the name of the party 'Labour' , only because many people are faithful to that name there are no 'Labour Values' left in NuLabour.

Southampton Council run by Miliband's local mob only proves that they promise to promise better and more services but in fact charge more for providing less. They were going to protect jobs but have thrown many more out of employment.

Those within the Labour who wanted to honour the promises to people made for securing votes were thrown out of the party, because Don Thomas and Keith Morrell were too honest and men with some principles.

In all fairness it must be said that under NuLabour run Southampton while destroying jobs of council workers they have also created some more, which is number of poodles for Simon Letts, commonly known as Cabinet Members.

Those who may be fooled into trusting Miliband led Rightwingers Mafia will live to regret.

Those who fancy to be exploited by the super rich can always vote for Tories others should start searching for real socialists and try to create a brand new party with comittment to honesty and based on real 'Labour Values' of likes of Nye Bevan who created our NHS.
In all fairness the Thatcherised NuLabour has never been short on suitable soundbites which tend to work well with the public, but they hardly ever deliver their pies in the sky when elected. Last time when the nation trusted the NuLabourites led by Blair and Brown they privatised large parts of the same NHS, which they were supposed to protect. In Southampton RSH was handed over of private sector as was brand new hospital in Lymington. They introduced student fees, siphoned off from pension pots sold nation's gold reserves on the cheap and wasted nations wealth on illegal and immoral occupation of Iraq. Whatever little was left the Conservatised NuLabourites handed over to their buddies the bankers and left the country virtually bankrupt. Apart from keeping the name of the party 'Labour' , only because many people are faithful to that name there are no 'Labour Values' left in NuLabour. Southampton Council run by Miliband's local mob only proves that they promise to promise better and more services but in fact charge more for providing less. They were going to protect jobs but have thrown many more out of employment. Those within the Labour who wanted to honour the promises to people made for securing votes were thrown out of the party, because Don Thomas and Keith Morrell were too honest and men with some principles. In all fairness it must be said that under NuLabour run Southampton while destroying jobs of council workers they have also created some more, which is number of poodles for Simon Letts, commonly known as Cabinet Members. Those who may be fooled into trusting Miliband led Rightwingers Mafia will live to regret. Those who fancy to be exploited by the super rich can always vote for Tories others should start searching for real socialists and try to create a brand new party with comittment to honesty and based on real 'Labour Values' of likes of Nye Bevan who created our NHS. Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: 0

3:32pm Tue 13 May 14

loosehead says...

asked my doctor what she thought of millibands idea she said he should keep his nose out of it!
asked my doctor what she thought of millibands idea she said he should keep his nose out of it! loosehead
  • Score: 0

4:26pm Tue 13 May 14

skeptik says...

The British Medical Association has weighed in on the proposed health care reforms:

The Allergists have voted to scratch it, but the Dermatologists have advised not to make any rash moves.

The Gastroenterologists have a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists think the government have a lot of nerve.

The Obstetricians feel they are labouring under a misconception, while Ophthalmologists consider the idea short-sighted.

Pathologists have come out strongly declaring, 'Over my dead body', while the Paediatricians said 'Oh Grow up'.

The Psychiatrists think the whole idea is madness, while the Radiologists can see right through it.

Surgeons are fed up with the cuts and have decided to wash their hands of the issue. ENT specialists won't swallow the proposals and just won't hear about it.

Pharmacologists think that it is a bitter pill to swallow, whilst Plastic Surgeons have observed, 'that this puts a whole new face on the matter'.

The Podiatrists think it is a big step forwards, but the Urologists are p -d off with the whole idea, whilst the Anaesthetists think the whole idea is a gas. Meanwhile the Cardiologists don't have the heart to say no.
The British Medical Association has weighed in on the proposed health care reforms: The Allergists have voted to scratch it, but the Dermatologists have advised not to make any rash moves. The Gastroenterologists have a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists think the government have a lot of nerve. The Obstetricians feel they are labouring under a misconception, while Ophthalmologists consider the idea short-sighted. Pathologists have come out strongly declaring, 'Over my dead body', while the Paediatricians said 'Oh Grow up'. The Psychiatrists think the whole idea is madness, while the Radiologists can see right through it. Surgeons are fed up with the cuts and have decided to wash their hands of the issue. ENT specialists won't swallow the proposals and just won't hear about it. Pharmacologists think that it is a bitter pill to swallow, whilst Plastic Surgeons have observed, 'that this puts a whole new face on the matter'. The Podiatrists think it is a big step forwards, but the Urologists are p -d off with the whole idea, whilst the Anaesthetists think the whole idea is a gas. Meanwhile the Cardiologists don't have the heart to say no. skeptik
  • Score: 2

5:36pm Tue 13 May 14

loosehead says...

I would suggest the amount quoted is a mere drop in the ocean as doctor surgeries would have to hire more doctors to see patients this quickly.
my doctors if you phone early on monday & don't mind what doctor you see you get an appointment but the problem is & will always will be we want to see our doctors.
I would suggest the amount quoted is a mere drop in the ocean as doctor surgeries would have to hire more doctors to see patients this quickly. my doctors if you phone early on monday & don't mind what doctor you see you get an appointment but the problem is & will always will be we want to see our doctors. loosehead
  • Score: 0

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