LABOR’s Wes Streeting hit back last night at doctors who groaned after he said all patients should be given in-person doctor’s appointments.
The shadow health secretary faced criticism from medical professionals and told The Sun that the ‘something for nothing culture’ must end.
He sided with disgruntled Brits who raged that around a third of all appointments are still done online or by phone.
Despite calls across the country for greater access to GPs, his promise to offer a personal seat to any patient who wants one has been branded by doctors as “disappointing”.
The British Medical Association described the policy as “controversial promises that make headlines, are not based on reality and suggest that somehow the existing workforce is not trying hard enough”.
But Mr Streeting fired last night: “The BMA cannot expect to deliver more to patients when Labor’s plan is going to train 7,500 additional doctors each year.
“This something-for-nothing culture has to end.
“Work will always put patients first. We will ensure that people can see a GP when they want and how they want.”
According to party analysis, only 22 percent of patients have a choice about what type of appointment they have.
Mr Streeting, who is said to be the future leader, also wants to end the “8am rush” by allowing all patients to book online.
Health Minister Therese Coffey also wants to improve care and has set a two-week turnaround goal for patients to get an appointment with their family doctor.
She will name and shame clinics that don’t meet the “expectation” and has urged patients to consider moving from clinics that don’t meet the grade.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6334580/labour-wes-streeting-hits-back-doctors-criticism/ Labour’s Wes Streeting hits back at doctors who are moaning after saying all patients should be given in-person doctor’s appointments