Shocked Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher has reacted to startling new figures revealing that more than 30,000 of his constituents have a week’s wait to see a GP.
Across the area covered by Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group, the figures reveal that around one in seven people said they were forced to wait at least seven days when they phoned for an appointment in the last year according to an NHS England CCG report.
The annual NHS England survey, also revealed that local patients struggle to see the family doctor of their own choosing. Across the local region 41 per cent or 46,169 people – who have a preferred GP had to see another doctor when they last went to their surgery.
Mr Dugher said: “These figures are a real concern and further proof that Nick Clegg and David Cameron can’t be trusted at all with our NHS. Within days of the last election, they scrapped Labour’s appointments guarantee and now thousands of people have been left waiting for over a week to be seen.
“Ministers need to take full responsibility and explain to the people of Barnsley why they have to wait longer.”