We’ve lost just over 1600 GPs under the Tory Government. GPs are exhausted and overstretched and people are waiting far too long for routine appointments.
The Conservatives promised ‘over the next five years the NHS will invest more inprimary care’. In 2015, Jeremy Hunt set a target to recruit 5000 more GPs into generalpractice by 2020, a claim reiterated by Matt Hancock in October 2018.
But GP numbers are actually going down. Despite this, the NHS lost 576 full-time equivalent GPs last year - one in 50 of the total - according to latest official workforce figures published at the end of August 2019. In June it had 28,257 full-time, fully qualified GPs, compared with 28,833 a year earlier.
It is clear that an unprecedented rise in the number of GP trainees is needed urgently because the workforce has shrunk so sharply and waiting times for appointments have become so long.
Growing numbers of GPs are giving up as a result of a relentless rise in the demand for patient care.
Labour is promising to turnaround Primary Care by properly funding and supporting urgently needed new GPs: