Health: 'Conditions going undiagnosed' because of NHS crisis, says Halifax MP

Huge waits for GP appointments mean there will be conditions going undiagnosed until they are much harder for treat, says Halifax’s MP.
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Data from the NHS has shown that there are more people waiting a month for a GP appointment than at any time since records began in 2017.

In Calderdale, 9,559 patients faced a wait of 28 days or more to see a GP in October alone.

A further 17,292 people had to wait more than two weeks.

Holly Lynch, MP for HalifaxHolly Lynch, MP for Halifax
Holly Lynch, MP for Halifax
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At the same time, the number of GPs across the country has fallen to a record low, leaving patients in a desperate scramble to be seen.

Speaking in a debate on the NHS workforce, Halifax’s MP Holly Lynch said: “A genuine sense of fear has set in across the country of being in a position of needing to use the NHS because almost every family has now got a story of a loved one who has needed to access care and it being a very difficult experience.

“Access to see a GP varies across Halifax but too many people are finding it impossible to see a doctor at some surgeries.

"Among those thousands waiting more than a month, or not getting an appointment at all, there will be conditions going undiagnosed until they are much harder to treat.”

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