The government wants to see a fully operating 7 day a week NHS service and promised an extra 5000 GPs (Jeremy Hunt). BUT - the NHS has always been a 7 day service
The government wants to see a fully operating 7 day a week NHS service and promised an extra 5000 GPs (Jeremy Hunt). BUT - the NHS has always been a 7 day service - there is an out of hours GP service for example. If we open surgeries even longer (8pm) there will be additional costs (locum doctors, utilities, rent, receptionists) and GPs are already stretched really thinly and hundreds are leaving the profession due to retirement. The 7 day NHS plans make no financial sense. In the West Midlands 30% of GP training places remain unfilled (PULSE survey).
Until we fund the NHS to the European average it is too early to claim it is unsustainable and not fit for purpose. The BMA has called for an increase in spending on health from 9.8 per cent to 10.4 per cent of GDP, bringing it in line with other leading EU economies.
Labour need to fight against the 7 day NHS. Note - the Tory party are claiming that more patients die at the weekend due to inadequate care. Not true - more people die on a Wednesday. Tory policies are not based on robust facts - labour need to be high lighting this at every opportunity! Prevent the wasteful changes to the NHS.