Over a MILLION people have had to wait over a month to see doctor, study reveals


MORE than one million people have had to wait over a month to see a doctor, a study reveals.

And almost one in six who try to book a GP appointment don’t get one.

An NHS poll found 15.4 per cent in England were unable to see a GP or nurse face-to-face the last time they tried.

In the past year ten million GP appointments were held a month late.

The Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting declared: “Patients are finding it impossible to get a GP appointment of doctor when they need one.

“The Tories have closed hundreds of practices since 2019 and are breaking their manifesto promise to hire more GPs.”

The National Institutes of HealthTrusted Source and the American Heart Association (AHA)Trusted Source cite normal blood pressure to be below 120 mm Hg systolic and 80 mm Hg diastolic. However, blood pressure changes naturally for many reasons.

Older 2003 guidelinesTrusted Source state that for blood pressures above a figure of 115/75 mm Hg, every rise of 20/10 mm Hg doubles the risk of cardiovascular disease.

The overall guidelines for high blood pressure received an updateTrusted Source in November 2017. They allow for earlier intervention.

Since 2017, the AHA has advised that people with high blood pressure should receive treatment at 130/80 mm Hg rather than 140/90 mm Hg.

They also removed the “prehypertension” category between 120-139/80-89 mm Hg. A blood pressure reading of 140/90 mm Hg now qualifies as stage II hypertension and not stage I, as it used to be.

This category now forms two separate ranges:

  • elevated blood pressure, from 120-129/less than 80 mm Hg
  • stage I hypertension, from 130-139/80-89 mm Hg

The NHS has become a key battleground in the race to be the next PM, with both Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss pledging to tackle backlogs and fix the broken GP system.

Mr Sunak vowed to slap £10 fines on patients who miss medical appointments.

His rival said she will encourage doctors who left retirement during the pandemic to stay put in work.

The NHS Confederation, which represents hospital trusts in England and Wales, called on both wannabe PMs to put solid health policy promises on the table.

In a damning letter the group said it doesn’t want “glib soundbites, gimmicks and political rhetoric”.

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