In recent months I’ve had conversations with many people across our town on the doorstep and in my advice surgeries and public meetings about access to GPs. I know this is a concern for a lot of people and so I’m seeking your views on this issue to determine what further action I, as your MP, might take to improve the situation.
I’ve long lobbied the government to improve access to GPs and we’ve finally been successful, with a new five-year GP contract now agreed. Billions of pounds will be invested to recruit more staff, expand services at practices, make it easier to make an appointment and provide longer appointments for patients who need them.
However, this will take time to implement and I know many people are not getting the service they should be at present. I’ve heard stories of people unable to get an emergency appointment, having to wait weeks to see a doctor and unable to access services outside office hours, despite NHS England telling me every patient should now be able to access on the day emergency, evening and weekend appointments.
I’ve put together a survey which you can complete here – I would very much appreciate it if you would take the time to complete it and share your experiences to allow me to build up an accurate picture of the current situation and what I can do to improve it.
I’m also hosting a public meeting to discuss GP access and health and social care issues more broadly from 5.30-7pm on Thursday 11th July. You can register below.