NHS figures show ‘decline in GP services’

Labour has highlighted NHS figures which it claims show a decline of GP services under the Conservatives.

In October, there were six million GP appointments, out of 31 million, for which patients had a wait of more than two weeks, figures which the Labour Party claims is further ‘damning evidence of the crisis our NHS is in after a decade of Tory cuts’.

The NHS Digital figures  do not distinguish between those patients who were content to wait for a more routine meeting at their local surgery and those who wanted a more immediate appointment and could not get one.

In total, 2.45 million patients waited between 15 and 21 days in October to see a GP or other practice clinician, which was 8.3 per cent of the total number of appointments, compared with eight per cent in October 2018. Another 1.69 million waited between 22 and 28 days for a GP appointment while 1.66 million waited more than 28 days.

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