Rishi Sunak has as soon as extra been slammed as ‘out-of-touch’ after it was revealed that the prime minister who has spoken about his dedication to the NHS is registered with a non-public GP apply, ‘promising same-day appointments for £250’.
In contrast to many people up and down the nation who wrestle to get identical day appointments, mega wealthy Sunak, the richest MP in Parliament, is registered with a West London clinic that costs £250 for ‘a half-hour session and, in contrast to most NHS GPs throughout the nation, gives appointments within the evenings and at weekends, in addition to consultations by e mail or telephone that price as much as £150’, the Guardian experiences.
House visits by docs promote for between £400 and £500 kilos.
Simply 41.5% of GP appointments in September befell on the identical day, with an extra 8% going down the next day. In the meantime, the variety of individuals in England ready to begin routine hospital therapy has risen to a report excessive. A complete of seven.1 million individuals had been ready to begin therapy on the finish of September, NHS England stated.
It comes as Sunak refused to reply questions on the G20 summit in Bali final week about whether or not he had personal healthcare, saying solely that it was “not acceptable” to speak “about one’s household’s healthcare.
Labour MP Ben Bradshaw tweeted in response to the information: “I do know Sunak lives in a unique monetary stratosphere from the remainder of us, however having a non-public GP, when the Tories have so run the #NHS into the bottom that most individuals can’t get to see an NHS GP is politically unsustainable. That the Tories don’t get this says all of it.”
If a politician, by advantage of their wealth and privilege, refuses to make use of the identical state healthcare services as the vast majority of the inhabitants and chooses to go personal, in the event that they suppose the state colleges the vast majority of us attend aren’t adequate for his or her kids, then it’s completely authentic to ask whether or not they actually perceive the struggles confronted by odd individuals.
Basit Mahmood is editor of Left Foot Ahead