Sajid Javid, pictured above visiting a south east London medical centre, spent much of the day insisting his winter plan would support doctors and nurses.
But the Health Secretary was accused of being “too frit” to appear before the Royal College of GPs’ annual conference in Liverpool today. Other doctors reacted angrily to the apparent last-minute cancellation.
Read Mr Javid’s blueprint for improving GP services.
Record waiting times
The overhaul of GP services comes on the day new figures highlight a crisis in emergency care. A record of more than 5,000 patients waited over 12 hours on trolleys in A&E last month and waiting times for hospital treatment have risen to a new high for the 15th consecutive month, with 5.7 million ready to start routine procedures. NHS England has told hospitals to eliminate all waits of more than two years by March next year. Read how health bosses intend to meet the target.
‘Crucial to wellbeing’
Telegraph mailbags and inboxes have been bulging with reader complaints about NHS services for many months. Some want a full return to face-to-face GP appointments. Others would like a hybrid model. What unites them is a widespread desire to jump through fewer hoops. See what your fellow readers think – and have your say.
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