A BARNSLEY MP has backed plans to guarantee patients an appointment with a GP within 48 hours.

New plans hope to ease the pressure across the NHS by reducing the number of patients going to accident and emergency departments and could save millions of pounds.

GP surgeries across the country will be given an extra £100 million a year to achieve improvement in standards - enough to pay for an additional three million GP appointments every year.

Michael Dugher said: "Patients in Barnsley are fed up of waiting for days before being seen by a local GP.

"Currently a quarter of people cannot get an appointment with a GP in the same week, adding to the pressure on the NHS. This can’t continue."

"That's why I'm backing plans to raise standards, put patients first and guarantee them an appointment with a local GP within 48 hours or on the same day if they need to be seen quickly."