210,000 waited over four weeks for a GP appointment in South West London last year

28 Feb 2024
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  • Four week waits for a GP appointment in South West London reached over 210,000 last year
  • It is a 31% increase on those waiting more than 28 days compared to 2022
  • The number waiting 14 days or longer in South West London saw a 8% increase from 2022

South West London saw a 31% rise in four week waits for GP appointments last year when compared to 2022, House of Commons Library research commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has revealed. 

The NHS data measures the time between when the appointment was booked and when it took place. It showed that the number of appointments that saw patients wait two weeks or longer in South West London has spiked by 8% to over one million people in 2023, up from 945,000 the previous year.

It means the proportion of appointments where a patient waited two weeks or longer in South West London has risen to 12.5%, up from 11.9% in 2022. 

Sutton Liberal Democrats have criticised the Conservative government for letting the community down with their neglect of local health services.

The Liberal Democrats are calling for a legal right to get a GP appointment within seven days, or 24 hours if in urgent need.

The policy would enshrine this right in the NHS Constitution, putting a duty on the government and health service to make sure it happens. It would be achieved by increasing the number of GPs, and increasing the number of nurses and pharmacists fully qualified to prescribe day to day medicines.

Commenting, Bobby Dean, who is running to be the next Lib Dem MP for Carshalton & Wallington, said:

“Far too many people in Sutton are struggling to get a GP appointment when they need one. It is causing people huge anxiety because they can't be confident of getting the care they need.

“Being able to see a GP when you need to should not be too much to ask, but even on this measure people are being failed after years of neglect by this Conservative government.

“That is why the Liberal Democrats are calling for a legal right for all patients to see their GP within seven days or 24-hours if in urgent need.”

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