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National crisis - many patients now have to wait two weeks or more to see their GP

Tell LaterLife how quickly you can make an appointment with your GP

The media is full of information about Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to boost NHS funding and create a “seven day” health service.

The key is to widen access to help people see their GP more easily and also to reduce the burden on A & E – many people go to A & E with problems that could be dealt with by their local GP.

A doctor was on BBC Radio saying in Oxford at least patients have access to out of hours GPs and also Saturday morning surgeries and there seemed to be some acceptance that this in fact is the case in many places.

This is contrary to what we hear from our Laterlife readers…many have said they have big problems making doctors’ appointments. We have heard stories of people being phoned at work asking to discuss their situation so the surgery can access how urgent it is; we have hear d stories of people being asked to give their full medical details to receptionists so that they can assess when they can slot the patient in; and of course we have heard many many stories of people who say they simply cannot get an appointment with their GP for at least two weeks.

We heard one case where the doctor’s surgery said they were sorry they couldn’t take any more appointments for a month and the following month’s bookings hadn’t opened yet – this was despite the patient having been on their books for over 20 years!!!

What are your experiences in trying to make a doctor’s appointment? Good or bad, we would love to hear…we won’t publish any names, locations or any details that could be linked to specific regions or people; but if the information proves useful, we will certainly pass it on to the Prime Minister’s office to help their understanding of what is really happening about the country.

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