“Proper local health services” needed as figures show surge in patients per GP in Oldham

Oldham Liberal Democrats have called for a return to proper local health services, after new figures revealed an 18% fall in the number of GPs in Oldham while patient numbers rise.

The analysis shows that there are now an eye-watering 2,774 patients for every GP in Oldham. This is up by 28% since 2016.

Oldham Liberal Democrat Leader councillor Howard Sykes MBE said, “At the last election, the Conservative party promised to recruit more GPs. However, today’s figures show there are now fewer fully qualified GPs in Oldham compared to 2016. The number of GPs has fallen in Oldham, but the number of patients has soared.”

Howard Sykes

Figures show that there are over 600 more patients across Oldham but 21 fewer doctors to treat them.

Councillor Sykes said, “We need a return to proper local health services. People in Oldham just want strong local health services, but years of Government neglect has caused a GP shortage crisis, leaving people unable to see their local doctor when they need to.

“Liberal Democrats would guarantee people a right to a GP appointment within one week so people can get the care they deserve. Boosting GP numbers would not only help people get appointments, it would reduce pressure on our hospitals and paramedics, saving crucial time and money elsewhere in the NHS.

“This local election is a golden opportunity to send the Government a message they cannot ignore and elect strong local champions who will stand up for our health services.”

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