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Labour says seven-day GP service plans are 'simply not credible'

Labour shadow health minister Andrew Gwynne has hit out at David Cameron’s plans for a seven-day NHS, branding the plans as ‘simply not credible’.

Mr Gwynne stressed that the NHS needs extra resources and staff to be able to operate a seven-day NHS service, particularly in general practice where the Conservative Party had created a GP workforce ‘crisis’.

‘The Tories promised they would deliver seven-day services in the last parliament and they failed to deliver,’ said Mr Gwynne.

In fact, for many people access to NHS services has got worse in recent years, with over one in four people now waiting a week or more to see or speak to a GP.’

Mr Gwynne’s comments came after GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul’s warning today about operating a seven-day NHS.

He used his opening speech at the LMCs Conference to describe moves towards seven-day service as ‘political pipe dreams’.

Dr Nagpaul warned that patient demand, declining recruitment and lack of investment in general practice, which is the ‘foundation stone’ of the health service, could lead to the collapse of the wider NHS.

He said: ‘This is not just a perfect storm, but an absolute hurricane … a hurricane that will destroy the whole fabric of the NHS if the Government does not act swiftly.’

Earlier this month Prime Minister David Cameron used the first speech since the election to promise a new a ‘new deal’ for GPs, which would help create seven-day GP access for all.

Readers' comments (7)

  • Lets get this right,both Labour and LIb/Con coalition are more than responsible for the GP crisis.What we are in mow is a continuation of the 2004 crisis where the labour government kicked the can down the road with the infamous contract changes.If they had then trained more GPs as well their would have been no crisis now.They didnt bother,Hence where we are now.What cuased the crisis in 2004 was the previosu yaers of political meddling.The coalaition just egged the pudding by using the media to berrate us while stoking up demand and not addressing the elephant in the room.In short all the political class are responsible.Time to make the NHS a non political zone and not at the whim of every governement.Or is it too late?

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  • Labour says seven-day GP service plans are 'simply not credible'

    pot kettle black

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  • Its OK - the electorate thought Labour weren't credible either.

    They were the ones who started the rot during their time in power with unilateral contract change clauses only to be used in National emergencies only, and used it to impose changes after stoking up patient expectation and demands.

    Primary care will only survive is the politician start to reduce demand.

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  • Seven day working for minor illness is total garbage.
    It is medically unnecessary
    It is wasteful of resources
    It is impossible without massive increase in go numbers which is also impossible for a decade
    It encourages wasteful and idiotic go dependence
    It exists in no other healthcare system in the whole universe let alone one of the worst funded
    It is the shameful apotheosis of ignorant damaging political Nhs interference
    Only today due to resources cancer drug availability is restricted
    It is a balloting issue for gps most of whom are incandescent with anger about serial political mismanagement of the nhs

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  • Apologies not fully proofreading above :go equals gp
    Silly iPhone auto 'correction'
    But maybe it is correct as....
    Gp equals go .., to oz nz Canada to escape the utter insanity endemic in UK nhs management!!

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  • Stop making these opportunistic statements Labour.We know how much you really detest the medical establishment which you continue to see as part of the bourgeoisie

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  • Until we can be free and charge appropriately we will never be able to supply 7/7 service. Let's face it I love talking to 6 formers earning a penny if I go to tesco on Sunday's but tesco will never offer full time contracts with benefits and pensions for the non traditional 'working week' hours.

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