Lib Dems announce five year plan to give patients in Bristol right to see a GP within a week

24 May 2024
GP in a week

The Liberal Democrats have today (24th May) announced that their five year plan to give patients a legal right to see a GP within a week or 24-hours if in urgent need will be in their General Election manifesto.

Last year there were 988,981 appointments that took over two weeks in Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire, equating to 17.5% of appointments. This included a staggering 245,889 which took longer than a month, 4.3% of all appointments.

The number of disturbingly long waits has been getting worse. In 2022, there were 827,901 over two weeks, or 15.3% of all appointments, with 

The Liberal Democrats have said that under their plans, patients will no longer be left waiting for an appointment and risk their conditions getting worse.

The party will deliver the plan by:

- Increasing the number of full-time equivalent GPs by 8,000, half by boosting recruitment and half from retaining more experienced GPs.

- Freeing up GPs’ time by giving more prescribing rights and public health advisory services to qualified pharmacists, nurse practitioners and paramedics.

- Introducing a universal 24/7 GP booking system.

- Removing top-down bureaucracy to let practices hire the staff they need and invest in training.

- Bristol’s Liberal Democrats said that this Conservative government had “abandoned local health services” and called for a “fair deal for this community's patients”. 

Liberal Democrat candidate for Bristol South, Andrew Brown said:

“This Conservative government has driven our area’s local health services into the ground. Thousands of patients are facing agonisingly long waits, often in terrible pain whilst waiting to see their GP.

“The Conservative party have proven themselves totally unfit to run our NHS. They have abandoned local health services and it is patients bearing the brunt of their neglect.

“It should not be too much to ask for patients to be able to see their GP when they need to. That is why the Liberal Democrats have committed to a fair deal for this community’s patients and legal right to see a GP within a week.

Locally, my fellow Councillors and I have organised a petition calling for more GP provision in South Bristol, which can be signed here.”

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