We will recruit 8,000 more GPs by 2020 to ensure better access and help surgeries offer more convenient opening times. This includes 1,400 GPs in the South East of England.
Based on the current distribution of GPs in England, Labour’s plans would mean significant increases in GP numbers in every region.
Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, said:
"GP services have gone into freefall under this Government. David Cameron promised to put GPs at the heart of the NHS but instead caused a new GP recruitment crisis. Under his Government, it is getting harder and harder to get GP appointment as result. This cannot carry on. Labour will recruit hundreds more GPs in every region of England, including 1,400 in the South East.
“If the Tories get back in, the queues outside GP surgeries will get even worse. Their extreme plans for spending cuts will mean they won't be able to protect the NHS. They will cut the GP budget in the next Parliament just as they have in this.
"Labour has a better plan for the NHS and GP services. We will invest £2.5 billion extra each year from a mansion tax to recruit 8,000 more GPs and guarantee appointments within 48 hours. This will help build an NHS with time to care, that starts in people’s homes and helps keep them out of hospital.”