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Plaid Cymru wants to renegotiate GP contract to offer 'longer hours'

Plaid Cymru, the Party of Wales, has pledged to voters that it will provide ‘easier than ever’ access to GP appointments, and will offer longer GP opening hours through a renegotiation of the GP contract.

In a statement released this week, the party said it would ‘train and recruit a further 1,000 doctors to the NHS in Wales, offer structured financial incentives to encourage doctors to difficult-to-recruit areas and invest in telemedicine to help people get access to specialist care in their local GP surgery’.

The announcement warned that the country is ‘facing a GP time bomb, with almost 50% of GPs in some areas approaching retirement age’ and quoted figures that showed GP numbers in Wales have reduced by 20% over the past year.

Commenting on the pledge, Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr candidate Jonathan Edwards said that the current Labour Government in charge of the Welsh NHS has ‘failed to deliver’ on manifesto commitments to improve GP access, which included a pledge for Saturday opening that proved very unpopular with GPs.

He said: ‘Plaid Cymru has ambitious plans to improve access to GPs for patients right across Wales.

‘The Labour Government in Wales has failed to deliver its manifesto commitment to improve access to GP surgeries. Plaid Cymru acknowledged that delivering longer hours for GP surgeries would need to be delivered by renegotiating the GP contract and we will deliver this.’

Readers' comments (12)

  • Thes politicians seem to be promising to magic GPs willing to work 100 hrs+ with out promising extra funding monies,and without taking into consideration a 10 year lag time.More verbal diarrhoea from the political classes.There must be a cure!

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  • So what happens if more GPs refer more people to the eye clinic at the University hospital of Wales.........one has person in Cardiff has waited since last October for a date for an appointment. Their heads are up their a... in Wales

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  • I want unicorns that defecate diamonds.

    oh well.

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  • pluck gp's of trees. they grow readily and are a dime a dozen. There really isn't a shortage of gp's across the country. honest.

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  • Renegotiate nowt. Why don't you work longer hours politicians? Hey? Go on! And I'll make you pay fees to do your job.

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  • Why don't you MAKE me.
    Resigned from partnership and doing locums only.

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  • all political parties are the same ...

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  • free paper clips and shoe polish if you vote for PC.

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  • Sound bite politics at its worst !
    More leaving than joining General Practice and an
    inability to recruit replacements is the reality here in Wales.
    Conjuring up a 1000 doctors willing to work longer hours shows just how much politicians have lost their grip on reality.
    I just hope that the electorate realise this bovine excrement for what it is !!

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  • how about 24 access to MPS

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