The Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes area (BLMK) is one of the worst hit areas in the country by the growing shortage of GPs, new analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed. It comes as many people are struggling to book an appointment with their GP, with services increasingly under pressure from rising demand.
The number of GPs employed in the area has fallen by 12% to just 390 in the last five years. So, instead of 1 GP for 2,092 people five years ago, we now have 1 GP per 2,462 people in BLMK. Liberal Democrats are calling on the government to invest in GP services to ensure people can get a doctors' appointment when they need one.
Mayor Dave Hodgson said: "The government are badly letting down both GPs and patients in Bedford Borough, our residents deserve a fair deal. Instead of fixing the GP shortage crisis, the government are making it worse by failing to train the new doctors we desperately need. Our hard-working GPs are overstretched and people are left waiting too long for treatment or even an appointment. The government must invest more in our GP practices and train up more doctors, to ensure patients get the fair deal they deserve."
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