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    UK Labour Party Vows to Reduce Doctor Waiting Times Ahead Elections

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    According to UK Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, the party pledged to decrease waiting time for appointments with general practitioners (GP) to no more than 48 hours after the May 7 general election.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The UK Labour Party pledged to decrease waiting time for appointments with general practitioners (GP) to no more than 48 hours after the May 7 general election, the party's leader Ed Miliband said Tuesday.

    In September 2014, an opinion survey by the Royal College of General Practitioners found that half of Britons agreed that waiting times were a "national crisis."

    Only 23 percent of those polled said there were enough GPs to deal with Britain's growing population.

    "We will guarantee everyone who wants it an appointment with a GP in 48 hours," Miliband said.

    Last year, a survey by the Daily Mail newspaper revealed that millions of patients waited for up to three weeks to see their GP.

    Meanwhile, Miliband added that a Labour government would have an "emergency round" of nurse recruitment and funding for 1,000 extra training places in 2015.

    Miliband also said that Prime Minister David Cameron, a Conservative, was a "mortal danger" to the National Health Service (NHS).

    The NHS is a traditional hot-button issue in the United Kingdom ahead of the elections. Poll trackers predict a neck-to neck race between the Conservatives and the Labour.


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