Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Labour survey says 1 in 5 patients unhappy with GP hours

NEW analysis published today by Labour shows that one in five people in Thurrock find their local GP opening times inconvenient.

69% of people in the area want to see their GP surgery’s opening hours extended to include evenings and 71% would like appointments on a Saturday.

Polly Billington, Labour’s General Election candidate for Thurrock, said:

“It’s really tough for people to juggle their work and family commitments. Many local residents tell me how hard it is to squeeze a visit to the GP into their already busy schedules especially if they have to commute.

“The Government should be doing more to help GP surgeries in Thurrock offer the more flexible opening hours local people want.

“Under David Cameron, the NHS is going backwards. Only under a One Nation Labour Government are we going to get an NHS that works for all the British people.”

Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister said:

“Millions of people want to be able to book an appointment with a GP outside of normal working hours. It’s hard to take time off during work, and many people also have to commute or pick their children up after school.

“David Cameron promised he’d make it easier for patients to see a GP. But the number of patients who say their surgery opening hours are inconvenient is rising and fewer surgeries are now offering evening and weekend appointments.

“This Government removed the vital incentives Labour put in place to make surgery appointments more convenient. That’s wrong and must change.

“Ministers should also instruct NHS England to ensure all GP led Clinical Commissioning Groups act on patients’ concerns about getting an appointment and give this issue the priority it deserves.”


  1. Polly, the NHS was just as rubbish under your mates as it is now so there is nothing that you or your party can do, except spend money that we have not got, to improve the service. Your party allowed horrendous PFI deal to be signed and then imported millions of new voters which has placed extra burden on our debt riddled world health service.

  2. There will be grilled bacon sandwiches flying over the white cliffs of Dover before the Labour party challenges GP’s about opening hours. They gave them the contracts to start with. Or has that slipped poor old Polly’s dishevelled memory again.


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