30 June 2022 – the overnight press release

Government neglect shown as quarter of GP posts could be vacant in ten years

Responding to analysis published today by the Health Foundation that says a quarter of GP posts could be vacant in a decade, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson, Daisy Cooper MP, said:

The Conservatives have been running our NHS and our health services into the ground for years. They have taken our health service for granted and that needs to change.

People are struggling to get appointments and GPs are under more pressure than ever, no one wins from this Conservative Government’s neglect.

GP surgeries are at breaking point and the Conservative failure to recruit 6,000 more GPs by 2024 is having catastrophic consequences – now we’re hearing the crisis is only getting worse.

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  • Steve Trevethan 30th Jun '22 - 9:01am

    Might Daisy Cooper be mistaken about H M G taking our N H S for granted?
    Might the Conservatives, and their back seat drivers, be following the Neoconservative technique of deliberately wrecking an essential public service so that people go private ready for the next move which is for the hyper wealthy to buy up those services and price gouge/extort huge profits?
    Might chronic “neglect” be a nasty submerged policy?

  • Trouble is that this neglect isn’t something that has just happened and so whilst the current administration can be blamed for doing nothing. The impending crisis would have been obvious in 2010 – when the LibDems had a voice in Government…

    The neglect can be traced back many decades, the recruitment of many Indian Doctors in the 1970’s and 1980’s provided a temporary fix and breathing space; however these are now starting to retire…

    At the heart of the problem is a fundamental part of the Conservative mindset, namely, you don’t need to invest in training yourself, as the market will provide and if necessary you simply import people from other countries, who have been trained at the expense of others. It is this mindset that lies behind many of the problems of British industry – remember the HGV driver shortage etc…

    Daisy would be well advised to talk to the Royal College of General Practitioners who will have lots of reliable data on the UKs changing GP population and importantly the speed of decline; I suspect if you think there are problems today, these will be nothing compared to 2030…

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