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Labour Party's plans for extra 3,500 nurses in capital

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Labour says it would recruit nearly 3,500 more nurses in London - if it wins May's general election.

Across the UK, the party says it would aim to recruit 20,000 more nurses by 2020.

Labour says it will fund extra nurses through its Time to Care Fund - raised from a mansion tax on properties over £2m, cracking down on tax avoidance and a new levy on tobacco firms.

Your views: Are you happy with the service you get from your GP surgery?

Are you happy with the level of service you get from your GP? Have you had to wait a long time to get an appointment? Or just not received the standard of care you expect? Get involved and tell us what you think on our Facebook page.

Robert McLean Absolutely dreadful service. At my GP you have to call in the morning if you want an appointment and wait for a call back IF they decide it warrants an appointment.

Lena-maria Boar I'd rather suffer than go to the doctors of which I have no idea who I'm seeing to be told one thing and it's another.

Andrew Jarman I use the online booking system if I need to book unless it's really urgent but sadly there are too few slots and a large number of PC illiterate patients who cannot do even this simple task!

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Your views: Are you happy with the service you get from your GP?

Are you happy with the level of service you get from your GP? Have you had to wait a long time to get an appointment? Or just not received the standard of care you expect? Get involved and tell us what you think on our Facebook page.

Andrew Jarman I like my GP service but they are overloaded with too many patients per GP in Forest Gate. There should be a maximum patient to GP ratio to prevent you having to wait over a week when you are actually ill rather than getting follow up appointments!

Shaniqua E Hayde It's ridiculous! You can only book on the day at mine but when the lines open at 8am they are constantly engaged.

Marian Henry My surgery is pretty rubbish too, they tell you to ring between 9-9.30am for an appointment, you can never get through as everybody else is doing the same thing so when you get through all appointments are gone

Luci Astall-Fuller Our local GP is disgraceful! I had to book two months in advance to discuss my blood result tests.

'Growing disatisfaction' with GP services in London

The report into GP health care in London found:

  • More GPs are emigrating - applications for certificates allowing them to work abroad have risen over 12% since 2008
  • 18% of patients can't get an appointment in London, compared with 11 per cent nationally
  • Satisfaction with GP services in London is declining - of the bottom 30 boroughs in England for seeing a GP of choice, 22 are in London

'Desperate need' for more GPs to avoid crisis point

A new report from the London Assembly reveals how GPs are becoming increasingly stretched in a profession with low morale and retention of staff.

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Launching the report today at the Docklands Medical Centre, Dr Onkar Sahota AM, Chair of the Health Committee, said:

London's population is growing rapidly and we could reach GP crisis point soon. To improve patient satisfaction, we desperately need more GPs and better access to them.

If we are to move more patient care from hospitals to the community, we must have the funding and infrastructure in place for increased General Practice capacity - that means more GPs, increased morale, improved surgeries and easier access.

There is clearly a supply and demand issue and something drastic needs to be done before we reach the tipping point.

– Dr Onkar Sahota, Chair of the Health Committee

Capital could soon face GP crisis

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GP services in the capital could soon reach a crisis point, according to a new report published today by the London Assembly.

A booming population and a wave of doctors emigrating are two of the factors behind the problem.

The Assembly report found that satisfaction with London's GPs is declining. Of the bottom 30 boroughs in England for seeing a GP of choice, 22 are in the capital.

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