12% of Thurrock patients faced a wait of a week or more when they phoned for an appointment in the last year.
Labour has pledged to invest £100 million in GP surgeries – saved by scrapping David Cameron’s NHS market rules that waste millions on lawyers fees and contract tendering – to guarantee appointments within 48 hours, or on the same day for those who need it.
40% of patients who have a preferred GP had to see another doctor when they last went to their surgery. The next Labour Government will also give patients the right to book ahead with the GP they prefer to see.
The delays have left 72% of local people saying they would not recommend their family’s practice to new patients.
Polly Billington Labour’s candidate to be MP for Thurrock said:
“Jackie Doyle-Price has made it harder for us here in Thurrock to get a GP appointment – proof that you can’t trust the Tories with our local NHS.
“Within days of the last election, they abolished Labour’s appointments guarantee and now thousands of people here are waiting over a week. Labour will scrap David Cameron’s NHS market and invest the savings in helping people get a GP appointment within 48 hours or on the same day for those who need it.”