General election 2019: Tory pledge to boost GP numbers is baloney

Jeremy Corbyn is right on this – as he is on most aspects of politics.

Let’s all remember that Matt Hancock tweeted a claim that 1,000 new doctors had joined the NHS – and then quietly deleted it after the UK Statistics Authority pointed out that it was a lie.

In fact, according to The Independent, the situation is actually worse than when the Tories pledged to add 5,000 extra doctors, including trainees, to the GP workforce in 2015.

The newspaper has said that the September workforce figures show 5,460 places to be filled – an increase of 460 vacancies.

And now Mr Hancock reckons his party can get 6,000 more doctors into the NHS by 2024-25?

You’d have to be sick to believe him.

The Tories say they will deliver 6,000 more doctors in general practice in England by 2024-25 to increase patient appointments, if they win the election.

They claim they will reach that target through additional doctors working and training in surgeries, international recruitment and better retention.

However, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said a previous Tory pledge to recruit 5,000 GPs by 2020 had not been met.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “You can’t trust the Tories on the NHS.”

Source: General election 2019: Tory pledge to boost GP numbers – BBC News

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