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:



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