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Labour has a better plan – we will recruit 8,000 more GPs

Labour has a better plan – a plan to improve GP access. 

We will recruit 8,000 more GPs by 2020 to ensure better access and help surgeries offer more convenient opening times.

Based on the current distribution of GPs in England, Labour’s plans would mean significant increases in GP numbers in every region, as shown in the table below. 



Number of extra GPs

East Midlands


East of England




North East


North West


South East


South West


West Midlands


Yorkshire and the Humber



Numbers are rounded to the nearest hundred. London region covers the Health Education England regions of North West, North, Central and East, and South London, while South East region covers the Health Education England regions of Thames Valley, Wessex, and Kent, Surrey and Sussex


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 600 in the East Midlands. 

“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.”

David Cameron: The man who cut GP opening

You can’t trust David Cameron on GP access. 

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. 

Now, five years later, the Conservatives are making the same pledge for their 2015 manifesto – he is trying to take the British public for fools. 

David Cameron’s promises on the NHS can’t be trusted. The truth of this Government is that they have taken the NHS backwards: 

  • On taking office, David Cameron scrapped Labour’s extended GP opening hours scheme.
  • The number of people saying their GP surgery is not open at convenient times has risen by almost two million.
  • 60 per cent of patients said they waited longer than 48 hours to see a GP.
  • The Government’s own GP taskforce says “there is a GP workforce crisis”.

 We know what another five years of the Tories would bring because we have seen the last five years. Their plans for extreme spending cuts in the next Parliament mean they simply wouldn’t be able to protect the NHS. 

  • 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 has a better plan, to invest in and improve our NHS so that it has time to care for you and your family. 

  • Labour will recruit 8,000 more GPs, paid for      by a mansion tax on properties over £2 million, and we will guarantee GP      appointments within 48 hours. 

You can’t trust the Tories on the NHS, their failing plan is taking the health service backwards and patients are paying the price. We need Labour’s better plan for an NHS with the time to care.

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