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. On taking office, he 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.
Now, five years later, the Conservatives are making the same pledge for their 2015 manifesto as they made, and failed to deliver, in 2010 – he is trying to take the British public for fools.
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.
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 commitment.
- 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”.
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.