In the last year alone, almost 23,000 patients in Heywood and Middleton were forced to wait more than a week just to see their own GP – forcing many people to go to A&E instead.
Angry Heywood and Middleton resident Clare Pratt has revealed how she was forced to wait over a week to see her GP – even after she found a lump on her neck.
Despite waiting over a week for an appointment, Clare, from Heywood, was not able to see her own GP and was forced instead
to see locum doctors who failed to spot that the lump was in fact a potentially life-changing tumour.
Clare, who finally got the treatment she needed after going to hospital, admitted: “My story is not unusual”.
Liz McInnes, Labour’s candidate in Heywood and Middleton, who spent 30 years working in the NHS, said:“Sadly we see toomany cases like Clare’s. People in Heywood and Middleton have been let down by this Tory-led Government. Getting a doctor’s appointment is too difficult and people are worried about the future of Rochdale Infirmary, North Manchester General and Fairfield General.”
“Only Labour will stop the Tory privatisation of our most treasured institution – the NHS Only Labour will stick up for people like Clare in Heywood and Middleton.”
A Labour government will guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours or on the same day for those who need it.