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Labour's GP appointment guarantee

On the doorstep people often ask me what would a Labour government in May do differently to the current Conservative led government?

Well, last week I posted about Labour’s plan for cancer tests within one week and better access to screening to help early diagnosis and this week I want to let you know how Labour would tackle the difficulty many people face getting a GP appointment.  Like Carol who is a pensioner from Woodrow.

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‘When my twin sister was poorly she had to wait three weeks to see the GP.  It’s getting harder and harder and it’s not right, if people are ill they shouldn’t have to wait, but the Conservatives aren’t doing anything about it’ said Carol.

Labour will guarantee a GP appointment within two days, or on the same day if you need it.  This is also part of our plan to reduce the numbers of people visiting A&E.  We will recruit 8000 more GPs and to fund this we will ask those with the broadest shoulders to pay.  Through taxing homes valued at over £2 million, taxing tobacco companies and clamping down on tax avoidance. 

Given just this week we learn all four A&E consultants are quitting the Alex, allegedly due to “continuing uncertainty about the future of the Redditch hospital”, I ask can the NHS stand five more years of the Conservatives?  And so, the campaign to secure safe services at the Alex remain for the long-term continues!

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