257,246 four week waits for a GP appointment in Worcestershire and Herefordshire last year

1 Mar 2024
Dr David Nicholl

Four week waits for a GP appointment in Worcestershire and Herefordshire reached 257,246 last year.

It is a staggering 55% increase on those waiting more than 28 days compared to 2022.

The number waiting 14 days or longer in Worcestershire and Herefordshire also soared by a 29% increase from 2022.

Worcestershire and Herefordshire saw a 55% rise in four week waits for GP appointments last year when compared to 2022, House of Commons Library research commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has revealed. 

The NHS data measures the time between when the appointment was booked and when it took place. It showed that the number of appointments that saw patients wait two weeks or longer in Worcestershire and Herefordshire has spiked by 29% to 959,922 in 2023, up from 743,310 the previous year.

It means the proportion of appointments where a patient waited two weeks or longer in Worcestershire and Herefordshire has risen to 17.4%, up from 14.2% in 2022. 

Bromsgrove's Liberal Democrats have criticised the Conservative government for letting the community down with their neglect of local health services.

The Liberal Democrats are calling for a legal right to get a GP appointment within seven days, or 24 hours if in urgent need.

The policy would enshrine this right in the NHS Constitution, putting a duty on the government and health service to make sure it happens. It would be achieved by increasing the number of GPs, and increasing the number of nurses and pharmacists fully qualified to prescribe day to day medicines.

Commenting, Dr David Nicholl, an NHS doctor and parliamentary candidate for Bromsgrove said:

“Far too many people in Bromsgrove are struggling to get a GP appointment when they need one. It is causing people huge anxiety because they can't be confident any more of getting the care they need.

“It shows our community has been totally abandoned by this government when it comes to local health services. There was unanimous support at Bromsgrove District Council recently to see improved out of hours GP access, yet we have seen a real terms cut in primary care funding locally by over £10million since 2019.

“Being able to see a GP when you need to should not be too much to ask, but even on this measure people are being failed after years of neglect by this Conservative government.

“That is why the Liberal Democrats are calling for a legal right for all patients to see their GP within seven days or 24-hours if in urgent need.”

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