Cameron announces plan for seven day access to GPs

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 01 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5949
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

The prime minister has set out plans for patients in England to be able to see a GP any day of the week and in evenings.

The move is intended to make it easier for people to see their GP from 8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week. The extended hours will be piloted in nine areas, which will also trial other new services designed to increase convenience for patients, including greater use of consultations by email, telephone, and internet videoconferencing.

Launching the policy at the Conservative Party’s conference this week, David Cameron said that the government would put £50m (€60m; $80m) into the pilot scheme, to be …

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