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GPs demand extra funding for weekend emergency cover rather than routine care

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2894 (Published 20 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2894
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

GPs have urged the government to abandon its push for routine seven day services in primary care and instead to channel any additional funding into emergency cover at weekends.

Representatives at the BMA’s annual conference of local medical committees in London this week overwhelmingly backed a motion condemning the government’s push for seven day working as “unachievable, particularly in the light of the continued under-resourcing of primary care.”

The motion stated that the conference “insists that the seven day mantra be abandoned and …

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