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Ed Miliband promises to boost GP surgeries

Ed Miliband has pledged that a future Labour government would give GP surgeries an extra £100m funding and make sure all patients can see a doctor within 48 hours.

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RCGP: 'General practice teetering on collapse'

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) welcomed the announcement by Ed Miliband, but warned that it must form part of a wider shift in funding towards family doctors.

RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker warned that "general practice is now teetering on the brink of collapse" and was "disintegrating before our very eyes."

There is a growing crisis in waiting times to see a GP across the country, and it is clear that this will become a key issue at the next election.

GPs want to provide better access for their patients, but are being prevented from cutting waiting times because of the funding black hole in general practice.

Ed Miliband's announcement that more money should be channeled into general practice is therefore extremely welcome.

– RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker

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