MORE than one in 10 patients in Warrington waited seven days or longer to see a GP the last time they tried, an official NHS survey has found.

A total of 22,865 (11.28%) of patients in the town faced a wait of a week or more when they phoned for an appointment in the last year.

The annual survey also revealed patients struggle to see the family doctor of their choosing and 42 per cent of Warrington patients, who have a preferred GP, had to see another doctor when they last went to their surgery.

Nick Bent, Labour Parliamentary Candidate in Warrington South, said: "Sadly, the NHS is heading downhill under this Tory Government and the choice facing NHS users at the General Election is a Labour Government pledged to improve and protect our NHS, or five more years of Tory chaos, cuts and broken promises."