"Drive-thru" GP appointments highlight Conservatives' broken promises

Thousands of patients across Stockport are being rushed through an appointment with their GP in less than 5 minutes, new research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

Cheadle Liberal Democrats have blasted the “stark postcode lottery” facing people in the area, with 15,675 GP appointments in April clocking in at under 5 minutes. The party has raised fears that many patients are not being seen for long enough by their doctor to be properly assessed. 

The new figures show that 17.41% of GP appointments in Stockport in April lasted for under 5 minutes while 43.55% lasted for under 10 minutes.

Out of the 90,030 GP appointments across Stockport that month, a staggering 15,765 were under 5 minutes long and 23,529 came in at under 10 minutes.

NHS figures show that across England as a whole, around one in five (22%) of the 16.6 million GP appointments in April lasted five minutes or less. Only half of all appointments across the country lasted longer than 10 minutes.

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Cheadle, Tom Morrison said:

“People in our area deserve better than these ‘drive-thru’ GP appointments.

“The Conservatives promised to recruit more family doctors, but they are nowhere to be seen and now it is residents across Cheadle and Stockport that are paying the price.

“Even once people manage to get an appointment, too often they are rushed through because doctors have to fit so many patients in. Our GPs are overworked and over stretched because of this Government’s failings.

"Doctors need to have time to properly assess their patients, especially those with conditions that are complex or getting worse whilst waiting for hospital treatment.

"Instead, patients are being treated like they are buying a burger from a fast-food restaurant and being rushed out the door. It is completely unsustainable, and the Government needs to get a grip."




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