Fight over extended hours reaches deadlock

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 07 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:293
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    The secretary of state for health in England took the unusual step this week of writing to all GPs in the country to try to convince them to accept the latest offer from the government for extending surgery opening hours. The letter goes out a week before a poll of GP members of the BMA on how to proceed over negotiations that have reached deadlock.

    In the letter Alan Johnson, the health secretary, reiterated the government’s offer over extended hours, which he has previously said was misrepresented by the BMA.

    The deal is for practices to provide 30 minutes of extended opening per week for every 1000 of their registered patients—or three hours for an average sized practice. It will be funded by rerouting £158m (€211m; …

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