Hucknall man Jim Radburn’s fight for a reduction of waiting times for patients to see their own doctor has gone to Government level.
The town’s Conservative MP, Mark Spencer, has raised the issue with the Minister of State for Care and Support, Norman Lamb.
Mr Radburn, who runs the Carers in Hucknall group, contacted Mr Spencer because he and other members had a strong preference to see named GPs who knew their case histories.
“It has taken me up to four weeks to be able to get an appointment with my own doctor,” said Mr Radburn. “I do not think that is good enough.”
Mr Spencer, who attended last week’s meeting of the Carers, has asked Mr Lamb if there are any rules for GP practices which mean patients seeing a doctor of their choice within a certain time-frame.
A ruling of this kind was brought in at the end of June but this is only for people over 75.
Mr Spencer has asked Mr Lamb if the Government is looking at bringing in a regulation that would cover all patients.
Leonie Mathers, Hucknall’s prospective Labour candidate in next year’s General Election, said the newly-released NHS England annual survey showed that local patients struggled to see the family doctor of their choosing.
She claimed: “Within days of the last General Election, David Cameron scrapped the GP appointments guarantee.
“It is clear that GPs in Hucknall are now under a huge amount of pressure. In view of all the housing development planned around Hucknall, this will only get worse unless we see urgent action now.”