Bridget Phillipson, the Labour Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South, has this week pressed the Health Minister on the dramatic fall in GP numbers in Sunderland under the Conservative government.
Bridget raised the issue at Tuesday’s Health Questions, particularly highlighting the loss of 29 permanent family doctors in Sunderland since 2015. Saying that GP numbers in Sunderland were falling “at a much steeper rate than the rest of the country”, Bridget asked the Minister when the Conservatives will “get to grips with the worsening situation” with health inequality that the Sunderland community already faces.
The question comes on the back of Bridget having previously asked the Prime Minister about the 16% drop in overall Sunderland GPs since 2015 – compared to the national average drop of 5% over the same period – at Prime Minister’s Questions last month.
You can read Bridget’s question here and watch it below:
Today in Parliament I pressed the Health Minister on why the Conservatives have allowed the number of GPs in Sunderland to fall dramatically whilst in government, including the loss of 29 family doctors since 2015. To respond with promises of “extra GPs across the country” is simply not good enough to address the major health inequality that people in our community experience and will continue to face under this government – we deserve much better.
Posted by Bridget Phillipson on Tuesday, March 10, 2020