Kildare patients forced to wait a staggering 38 hours to see their GP

Kildare patients are being forced to wait over a day and a half just to see their GP for an appointment according to a new study by the National Association of General Practitioners. The new study has revealed that patients in Leinster counties have the longest average waiting time when it comes to seeing a GP in their local area. The average waiting time is 37.8 hours for a routine appointment, an increase of over 27 hours on the national average when the same study was carried out in 2010. The average waiting time for patients to see their GP for an emergency appointment has also soared. The normal waiting time in 2010 was around two hours but it now takes over five hours to see a doctor in the event of an emergency. Speaking at the launch of the NAPG’s  Patient Wait’ campaign, Dr Yvonne Williams Chair of Communications said: "Long waiting times at emergency departments are a well-established phenomenon of the Irish health system but these figures confirm that the issue has spread to general practices."  

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