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BMA advises GPs on longer opening hours

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39489.411354.C2 (Published 14 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:351
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    GPs’ leaders last week appeared to have given in to government pressure to extend the opening hours of general practices. In a letter to GPs ahead of a poll this month to gauge attitudes to the changes to their contract the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee advises members that accepting the latest offer will be better than having a tougher deal imposed on them in April.

    Under the deal GPs’ surgeries would be open for an additional 30 minutes per week per 1000 registered patients, in blocks of 1.5 hours after 6 30 pm or for 1 hour before 8 am or on a Saturday morning. The extended hours will be funded by redirecting £158m (€210m; $310) from the 2007-8 contract together with …

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