Prime Minister’s First Speech
In his first speech in the job last week, new PM Boris Johnson promised to reduce GP waiting times for patients.
“My job is to make sure you don’t have to wait 3 weeks to see your GP and we start work this week with 20 new hospital upgrades and ensuring that the money in the NHS really does get to the front line.”
Cautious Response from GPs
His speech was greeted with some caution among current GPs who are well aware of the crisis in medicine.
GPs have reacted to the new Prime Minister’s speech on Pulse website with one simply saying:
“Good luck with that one!”
While another added more cynically:
“Porcine aviation specialists in Whitehall announce their take off slots.
“More likely than GP waiting times coming down.”
Worsening Waiting Lists
Recent government data shows that under half of patients are able to get a GP appointment on the same day (42%), while 5% have to wait for a month to see a GP.
Separately, a BMA report has highlighted a 15% increase in the number of patients waiting a month for a GP appointment, indicating that the situation is getting worse not better.
Private GPs & Healthcare, London
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- Private GPs based in 2 London locations
- 30 minute standard appointment times – over 3 times the average NHS appointment
- Short waiting lists
- Evening and weekend clinics
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The Smart Clinics
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