This week again we have seen that the Tories simply cannot be trusted on the NHS. 140 leading doctors have written a letter to The Guardian in which they accuse the Tory lead Coalition government of broken promises, funding cuts and destructive legislation which has opened the NHS up to greater privatisation and made it weaker than ever before.
At the same time the latest figures show that waiting times for A and E in England are worse than for a decade. Accident and emergency units in England have missed the official waiting time target over the past three months by the biggest margin in a decade, with 91.8% of patients being treated or discharged within four hours.
Other figures published this week showed that there are 600 fewer GP surgeries across England are open in the evening and at weekends compared to the time of the last election.
At the last election, David Cameron promised to open GP surgeries seven days a week but the reality is that millions more patients are unhappy with opening hours. It is now harder to get an appointment from Monday to Friday too.
One of Cameron’s first acts as Prime Minister was to cut Labour’s extended opening hours scheme and scrap our guarantee of an appointment within 48 hours. If David Cameron gets back in, his extreme spending cuts mean he can’t protect the NHS – and the queues outside GP surgeries will get even worse.
The NHS needs Labour’s better plan for 8,000 more GPs, paid for with a £2.5 billion a year Time to Care fund, and guaranteed appointments within 48 hours.
Dr Matt Lamb, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Wyre Forest.
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