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Over 80,000 Yorkshire patients turned to A&E because they couldn’t see a GP

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 Yorkshire hospitals are struggling under record pressure as an official NHS England survey found over 80,000 patients in this region turned to A&E because they couldn’t get an appointment with their family doctor last time they tried.

Across England, one in four patients waits a week or more for an appointment after the Government’s decision to abolish the 48-hour appointment guarantee after the last election.

The survey of patients found that, in each English region, thousands turned to A&E when they couldn’t see their GP: 

 

Region

 Number attending A&E

Yorkshire

80,663

ENGLAND

930,901

 

Earlier this month, Ed Miliband set out a five-point plan to rescue struggling A&E departments following a lack of action from the Government. The measures included immediate support for GPs to offer appointments this winter.

Labour has also pledged to invest £100 million in GP surgeries - saved by scrapping David Cameron's NHS market rules that waste millions on lawyers fees and contract tendering - to guarantee appointments within 48 hours or on the same day for those who need it. 

 

Jamie Reed MP, Labour's Shadow Health Minister, said:

"David Cameron has made it harder for people to get a GP appointment and it’s left people turning to overstretched A&E departments.

“Patients are phoning the surgery day after day only to be disappointed. It’s like getting sought-after concert tickets, sitting for hours early morning with the phone on redial. But sadly, too many people are forced to give up and go to A&E.

“David Cameron caused this A&E crisis and his complacency is now a danger to patients. Labour has committed to investing an extra £2.5 billion each year – over and above the Tories – to recruit 8,000 more GPs and 20,000 nurses. We will scrap the Government’s NHS market and invest the savings in helping people to get a GP appointment within 48 hours."

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