20% of people unable to make GP appointment in Milton Keynes, figures show – MKFM 106.3FM

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20% of people in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes were unable to get an appointment to see or speak to a GP or nurse the last time they tried, figures released by NHS England show .

Figures released earlier this month by NHS England suggest 20% of residents in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes have been unable to get an appointment with a GP or nurse.

In June of this year, 25,730 appointments were a month late.

Labor Councilor Emily Darlington, cabinet member for Healthy Communities and Labor parliamentary candidate for MK South, said: ‘The government has admitted it is failing to deliver on its clear commitment to recruit more GPs. The Conservatives have over-promised and broken, and local families are hurting. »

Residents regularly contacted their neighborhood councilors to inform them of the difficulties in accessing an appointment with the general practitioner. This has led Milton Keynes City Council to commit to determining whether access to GP services is appropriate and the local authority will soon advise public health partners on improvements.

Labor adviser Shanika Mahendran will lead a task and complete a group of advisers investigating both GP and dental access: “Families in Milton Keynes are finding it almost impossible to get an appointment you to a general practitioner or a dentist when they need it. This means that diseases go undiagnosed and untreated, and people suffer when they shouldn’t have to.

“We have committed as part of our council plan to look at these struggles at the local level, but the government must also step in to prevent things from getting any worse.”

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NHS data also reveals that 21% of appointments in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are not face-to-face.

Councilor Emily Darlington concluded: ‘We need more GPs, but the Tories have once again overpromised and underdelivered.

“The people of Milton Keynes deserve a Labor government that will give the NHS what it needs to see people on time, and neither will the Tories.”

MKFM has contacted MP Ben Everitt and MP Iain Stewart for comment.

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