EAST Runcorn MP Mike Hall claims the NHS is in “great shape” 60 years after its creation.
Mr Hall says changes to GP services, including evening surgery opening times, are among the key steps towards creating a service which is suitable for the 21st century
He said plans are in place to ensure that surgeries are open at least one evening a week or at weekends.
He also rejected claims that the Labour Government is poised to roll out polyclinics across the country.
He said the Government plans to have at least one GP led health centre in every primary care trust area.
They would be open 12 hours a day, seven days a week.
He said: “One of the main reasons I wanted to be an MP was to fight for the NHS in our area.
“I believe it is one of our country’s greatest achievements. A service that is available to all based on need - not ability to pay.
“What’s clear to me is that we need an NHS which is fit for modern life.
“One of the first steps in making this happen is in changing GP services.
“Most of us will visit our GP from time to time. Let’s be honest, it’s no good having a great GP if you can’t go there during the day.
“We all have busy lives - fitting in everything can be a challenge, particularly if you are trying to balance bringing up children with work or just trying to get away from the office at a decent time.”
He added: “Despite claims by the British Medical Association and the opposition parties, there is no national programme to introduce ‘polyclinics’.
“Local GP’s surgeries will not have to close because of these centres, nor will GPs be compelled to work in them unless they choose to do so.”