Labour’s Justin Madders, a Shadow Health Minister learned about life on the front-line in the NHS when he shadowed a Receptionist at the Great Sutton Medical Centre on Tuesday 30th May.
While he heaped praise on the staff, who he said dealt with “an incredible level of demand,” he also again called for greater investment in primary care, claiming that “GP services are being stretched to breaking point.”
The GP Forward View (GPFV) published in 2016 promised 5,000 more GPs by 2020, but the number of GPs overall is falling. Nationally, 92 practices closed in 2016, up 114% on GP surgery closures in 2014. The number of GPs fell by more than 400 between October and December 2016 alone.
As well as calling for greater investment in General Practice, Madders also called for a Community Pharmacy services to be strengthened, including providing a wider range of services.
Commenting, Ellesmere Port & Neston Labour Candidate, Justin Madders said:
“During my time at Great Sutton Medical Centre, I saw extremely hardworking staff dealing with incredible levels of demand.
“It is clear that urgent action needs to be taken, both to reverse the falling numbers of GPs that we are seeing under this Conservative government and also to strengthen Community Pharmacies. Both of these services have been undervalued for too far long – if Jeremy Hunt spent some time on the front-line, he’d learn that for himself.
“I am always keen to spend time on the job seeing the reality of the situation that our public servants face and trying to better understand how we might make improvements.”