Mike Thornton has stepped up his ongoing battle on the future of health services. The Eastleigh MP, whose wife used to be a nurse and midwife at Winchester Hospital, has tabled a motion in Parliament calling on the Government to "ensure that a patient can see their GP within a week".
Where patients suffer from managed, chronic conditions, Mike's motion calls for them to be able to "schedule future regular appointments at the end of their current appointment."
Mike has also written to every GP surgery in the Eastleigh constituency, following reports from constituents that some practices have a waiting time of four weeks, asking them to inform him of their average waiting times.
Commenting on the motion, Mike said: "GPs and other health professionals do an amazing job and contribute so much to our community. However, waiting times are still an issue and local people often tell me how long it can take for them to get an appointment.
"It's important that we get this right and make sure that waiting times go down, patients are well served and practice staff are well supported. That's why I'm calling on the Government to ensure that waiting times are reduced to a week or better.
"Local Lib Dems have a fantastic record on health, delivering a medical centre in Bursledon and campaigning to improve health facilities for the community at Moorgreen, and the Lib Dems nationally have announced a policy of spending an extra £8bn per year on the NHS."
The text of Mike's motion is as follows:
That this House recognises the fantastic work done by local GPs and other practice staff; notes the importance to a patient of seeing a GP at their local surgery in a timely manner; praises the Government for restoring named GPs for patients who are aged over 75 years; and urges the Government to ensure that a patient can see their GP within a week and, in the case of patients with managed chronic conditions, enable them to schedule future regular appointments at the end of their current appointment.