152017Nov

PMQs: Our NHS is a national treasure and we must be bold to protect it

Our NHS is a national treasure and we must be bold to protect it.

Each week my constituents complain that they can’t get appointments. Whilst our fantastic GPs are stretched to the limit and practices struggle to fill vacant posts.

To safeguard our NHS I asked Prime Minister Theresa May to look at making medical students sign a contract, committing them to a minimum 5 years in our NHS after completing their subsided courses. This is not the solution to GP shortages but would help deal with the problem.

The number of people training to be doctors has gone up and those opting to be GPs is also now rising but it is not enough unless we stop the brain drain to overseas of newly qualified Doctors.