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Tories promise to create 50MILLION extra GP appointments a year with £2.5bn spending spree to end crisis  Health Secretary to announce £2.5billion funding to hire thousands of GPs Matt Hancock said he sometimes struggled to get an appointment in the past His party pledges to create an extra 50million GP surgery appointments a year  

By Jason Groves Political Editor For The Daily Mail

Published: 00:02 GMT, 9 November 2019 | Updated: 02:05 GMT, 9 November 2019

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The Tories will today pledge to create an extra 50million GP surgery appointments a year.

They want to end the crisis that leaves some patients waiting weeks to see a doctor.

In a major election pledge, Matt Hancock will announce £2.5billion funding to hire thousands of GPs, nurses and other staff.

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The Health Secretary acknowledged rising public concern about the issue – and said he had sometimes struggled to get an appointment himself in the past. Mr Hancock also accused homeopaths who are peddling anti-vaccine messages to parents of ‘putting lives at risk’

In an interview with the Daily Mail, the Health Secretary acknowledged rising public concern about the issue – and said he had sometimes struggled to get an appointment himself in the past.

He said the new money would help increase by 15 per cent the number of GP surgery appointments available each year – which currently stands at 307million.

‘I know what it feels like when you need to see a GP and it’s hard to get an appointment and I want to fix that,’ he said. 

‘I want to see more GP appointments and also make sure that access is fair across the country.

The Tories will today pledge to create an extra 50million GP surgery appointments a year. They want to end the crisis that leaves some patients waiting weeks to see a doctor [File photo]

The Tories will today pledge to create an extra 50million GP surgery appointments a year. They want to end the crisis that leaves some patients waiting weeks to see a doctor [File photo]

‘At the moment access is easier in some areas than others. There is a particular problem in rural areas and we are focusing on that – and that means getting GPs into the right places and making sure we are making the best use of technology.’

Mr Hancock also accused homeopaths who are peddling anti-vaccine messages to parents of ‘putting lives at risk’ by raising the chances of children catching measles if they are not given the MMR jab.

And he pledged to fund compensation for victims of the contaminated blood scandal if an inquiry recommended it.

The boost to GP appointments comes amid growing concern among the public about waiting times. 

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