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Campaign aims to reduce time it takes to get GP appointments

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 30, 2014

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A PARLIAMENTARY candidate for North West Leicestershire is launching a campaign to make it easier for people to get an appointment with their doctor.

According to Labour's Jamie McMahon, in the aftermath of an NHS survey, a whopping 43,575 patients in the area said they waited seven days or longer to see a doctor the last time they tried.

Mr McMahon wants to bring back the guarantee of seeing a GP within 48 hours, an initiative that was scrapped by Conservative leaders.

He also wants to give people the right to book an appointment more than 48 hours in advance for those wanting to plan ahead for routine visits and ensure they continue to see the same doctor.

Mr McMahon said: "I hear from local people time and time again that they can't get an appointment to see their local doctor.

"GPs are the frontline in NHS care and the figures released by the NHS detailing the number of people affected are scandalous."

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  • mattlong  |  July 30 2014, 8:13PM

    Well done that man for taking a stand. Forget the narrow parameters of waiting times for GP surgeries - the real issue is standing up to try and safeguard the NHS.