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Extending primary care hours cuts emergency department visits

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4818 (Published 07 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4818
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Providing additional GP appointments outside working hours reduces attendance at hospital emergency departments but may not save the health service money overall, research in PLoS Medicine has shown.1

NHS Greater Manchester provided £3.1m (€3.7m; $4.1m) to enable several groups of primary care practices to provide additional appointments outside regular general practice hours in 2014. The study compared 56 practices (serving 346 024 …

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