An MP has promised his constituents they will be guaranteed an appointment to see their GP within 48 hours if his party win the next General Election.
Andy Sawford made the promise after conducting a survey about NHS services with his constituents and finding that the issue that annoyed them the most was the difficulty they had in making an appointment to see their GP.
Mr Sawford said: “I will continue the cross-party hospital improvements campaign, and I will take up the issues raised by constituents about GP appointments and out-of-hours cover with the local clinical commissioning group.
“I will ask them to let me know how they will work together with local surgeries to improve access to services.
“Funding is always a critical issue of course and I very much support Ed Miliband’s announcement that a future Labour government will guarantee that all patients will be able to get a GP appointment within 48 hours.
“There will be an extra £100m a year to achieve this massive improvement in standards, funded mainly by the savings it will lead to in other health budgets, such as reducing visits to A&E.”
Of those consulted in the survey, 95 per cent supported Mr Sawford’s cross-party campaign to improve hospital services in the area, and more than 90 per cent of those who had used the NHS in the past 12 months were satisfied with their treatment.
However, access to out-of-hours services was seen to be problematic and there was a high level of concern with what people saw as the increasing privatisation of services.
The survey was carried out last month and this month.