Conservative MP urged to back GP and dentists rescue plan in King’s Speech amendment 

14 Nov 2023
Blond boy having a dental checkup

Conservative MP urged to back GP and dentists rescue plan in King’s Speech amendment 

- Woking’s Liberal Democrats are calling on the local Conservative MP Jonathan Lord to back an amendment to the King’s Speech to address the crisis in the NHS 

- The amendment calls for a legal right for a patients to see their GP within a week and an NHS dentists rescue plan 

- It comes as NHS waiting lists have hit a record high of 7.8 million 

Liberal Democrats in Woking have called on local Conservative MP Jonathan Lord to back an amendment in Parliament this week calling for a GP and dental care rescue plan. 

It comes ahead of a series of crunch votes on the King's Speech in Parliament tomorrow (Wednesday 15th November). 

The Lib Dem amendment would give a patient a legal right to see their GP within a week, and 24-hours if in urgent need.  It also calls on the Government to publish a dental recovery plan as promised seven months after a shocking rise in the number of ‘dental deserts’ leaving people struggling to see an NHS dentist when they need to. 

Other measures in the amendment include ensuring the Conservative manifesto pledge of building 40 new hospitals is met, with many currently facing delays and not receiving adequate funding.  

Woking’s Lib Dems have said that if the Conservative MP for Woking does not back the amendment it would show a “callous disregard for those in Woking stuck on NHS waiting lists”. 

Lib Dem spokesperson for Woking, Councillor Will Forster, said: 

“This Conservative Government has brought our local health services to their knees.  Everyday, people in Woking are struggling to get a GP appointment or cannot find a dentist taking NHS patients.” 

“Real action on the NHS was glaringly missing from the King’s Speech.  Woking’s MP needs to back the Lib Dem amendment to it and ensure that local health services are put front and centre of the Government’s agenda.” 

“Anything less would show a callous disregard for those in Woking stuck on NHS waiting lists, unable to get the treatment that they deserve.”