The figures show that 17.4% of patients who filled in the survey in North Norfolk wait at least a week or more for an appointment with their GP – with 42% saying they only see their preferred GP “some of the time” or “never”.
The North Norfolk Labour Party has blamed a Government decision to scrap a commitment for GPs to see patients within 48 hours back in 2010, and the national party is pledging to reintroduce this in 2015 if elected.
Denise Burke, the party’s parliamentary candidate for North Norfolk, said: “It is shows the complete failure of this government that even on the Health Minister’s doorstep waiting times are the worst in the region.
Thousands are waiting over a week to see their GP and it is putting strain on other aspects of the NHS including the Accident and Emergency department in Norwich.
It was short-sighted for the government to cut the 48 hour maximum waiting time to see your GP, but we will reintroduce it if elected in 2015.”