Simone Reynolds: Hard-working doctors overstretched and people left waiting too long for appointments


Local Lib Dem Simone Reynolds said:"“Being able to see your GP when you need them is something we should all be able to rely on. But there are now more than 2,000 patients for every GP in our area. No wonder people are struggling to get an appointment. It is unacceptable.”

The Liberal Democrats are demanding urgent action as people across Old Bexley and Sidcup struggle to get a GP appointment when they need one.
South East London is one of the worst hit areas in England for access to GPs according to new figures. There is now just one GP per 2,076 people here.

Local Lib Dem Simone Reynolds said: “I know so many people are struggling to book an appointment with their GP, with services increasingly under pressure from rising demand.

“I have worked in healthcare for 20 years and I have seen the effects of underinvestment and mismanagement firsthand.

“The Conservative government are badly letting down both GPs and patients in our communities. Instead of fixing the GP shortage crisis, the Conservatives are actually making it worse by failing to train the new doctors we desperately need.”

The Lib Dems are calling for more investment in GP services to ensure people can get a doctors’ appointment when they need one.
Simone added: “The GP shortage has led to a ‘Postcode Lottery’ - with hard-working doctors overstretched and people left waiting too long for appointments. It needs to change.”


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