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CCGs to get £6 a patient to extend general practice opening hours

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5203 (Published 23 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5203
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Every clinical commissioning group (CCG) in England will be given recurrent funding of at least £6 (€7; $7.8) per head of population to allow GP surgeries to extend their opening hours, NHS leaders have announced.

CCGs will be required to commission at least an extra 1.5 hours of evening appointments after 6 30 pm on weekdays, but will have the flexibility to offer Saturday and Sunday appointments according to local need.

The BMA said that it was pleased that NHS England had accepted its argument that it was “a nonsense” to force GPs to open from 8 am to 8 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

The funding will initially be released during 2016-17 in areas of England that have been piloting extended hours through …

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