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General practice 8 till 8

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 16 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6162
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

Was Jeremy Hunt sincere in his support for the NHS and general practice at the Royal College of General Practitioners’ conference last week? Time will tell. But I did agree: primary care needs to be more accessible “out of hours”1—an idea as popular as spam fritters and mushy peas in general practice circles.

We already have out of hours services that provide cover. Why do we need more? Will more availability actually reduce pressure on emergency departments? And who will fund and provide increased capacity and access?

There is a need …

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