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MP online to log gripes on seeing GP

A Conservative MP is to launch a website allowing patients anywhere in the country to register their problems in getting a GP appointment.

Grant Shapps, MP for Welwyn Hatfield in Hertfordshire, has already set up an online monitoring system for his own constituents.

He said the frequency with which patients said they were having problems getting both an appointment within two working days and booking one in advance had prompted him to widen the reach of the site.

He said: 'It's happening with a frequency that would alarm most people and in particular is very worrying for patients.'

Mr Shapps insisted he did not blame GPs: 'They are caught in a situation – and a lot of surgeries might not be aware there's a problem – but where I find there's a consistent problem for one particular practice I will pass on that data.

'I'm going to use this as the basis to set up a bigger national campaign.'

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