New analysis published by the Labour Party shows that a significant number of people across Stockport and Tameside find their local GPs opening times inconvenient.
The survey showed that 15% – around 37,267 people – in Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group area find their local GP opening times inconvenient. 72% of these patients want to see their GP surgery’s opening hours extended to include evenings and Saturdays, and 37% would like appointments earlier in the morning.
The survey also found that 17% – around 49,564 people – in Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group also found local GP opening times inconvenient. The survey uncovered that 77% of these patients want to see their GP surgery’s opening hours extended to include evenings and Saturdays, and 40% would like appointments earlier in the morning.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“It’s really tough for people to juggle their work and family commitments. Many local residents tell me how hard it is to squeeze a visit to the GP into their already busy schedules.
“GP surgeries should listen closely to what their patients are saying and offer more flexible opening hours, especially for working people.”
Shadow Health Minister Liz Kendall MP said:
“Millions of people want to be able to book an appointment with a GP outside of normal working hours. It’s hard to take time off during work, and many people also have to commute or pick their children up after school.
“David Cameron promised he’d make it easier for patients to see a GP. But the number of patients who say their surgery opening hours are inconvenient is rising and fewer surgeries are now offering evening and weekend appointments.
“This Government removed the vital incentives Labour put in place to make surgery appointments more convenient. That’s wrong and must change.
“Ministers should also instruct NHS England to ensure all GP led Clinical Commissioning Groups act on patients’ concerns about getting an appointment and give this issue the priority it deserves.”