Figures released by the East Midlands Labour Party today, Monday, show that patients in the East Midlands are struggling to see their local GP, increasing the demand on local A&E departments.
In nearly all commissioning group areas of the East Midlands, the figures show that over 25 per cent of patients are waiting a week or more for an appointment with their GP.
These figures are the result of a Tory government that has left the NHS in meltdown and GP services in crisis. General Practice has been left underfunded, understaffed and unable to cope with rising demand.
Across the East Midlands thousands of patients are having to wait more than a week to see of speak to their GP or can’t get an appointment at all.
Many of those patients who can’t get a timely appointment with their GP are having to turn to A&E, which is putting added pressure onto hospitals that are already at breaking point.
Ministers are in denial, but the reality is this crisis in general practice is a consequence of their failed policies.
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