Andy Burnham Manchester county Oldham hospital patient target Andy Burnham Manchester county Oldham

'It's just another sticking plaster policy' - despair and fatigue as GPs given more waiting time targets

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GPs in Greater Manchester have reacted with despair after the new Health Secretary announced plans demanding patients be given an appointment within two weeks.

Thérèse Coffey has pledged that patients with non-urgent health concerns will be handed appointments within 14 days, and a same-day urgent slot for those needing immediate care.

Ms Coffey also used her £500 million Our Plan for Patients to set out how the current 8am scramble for appointments could be eased, as the NHS rolls out new telephone systems. READ MORE:Andy Burnham's Bee Network unveiled Doctors both locally in the region, and nationally, have criticised the plan, with one Oldham GP branding the move a 'sticking plaster' tactic to hide the wider issues in the health care system.

Patients in Greater Manchester have also criticised the plans, with many stating that two weeks is still too long to wait to get an appointment with a doctor.

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