Responding to the Secretary of State for Health’s pledge to deliver out of hours GP services to everyone in the country, Labour London Assembly Health Spokesperson, Dr Onkar Sahota AM, said:
“I’d like to see surgeries properly staffed and open seven days a week, but it’s concerning that the Health Secretary makes no mention of how he will deliver his pledge.
“In London we have a GP crisis on our hands, with our practices overstretched and too few doctors available to deliver care to our aging and expanding population. Adding more duties to an already over-burdened workforce, without making it clear how this will be resourced, is not going to result in better care for patients.
“We would all welcome round the clock GP services, but this isn’t deliverable unless its matched by the funding necessary to recruit, support and retain hardworking GPs.”