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Observations UK General Election

Election watch: access to GP services

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 09 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1878
  1. Gareth Iacobucci, news reporter, The BMJ
  1. giacobucci{at}

After five years of austerity the NHS has become a far greater battleground in this election than in the previous one. In the first of a weekly column in the run up to polling day on 7 May, Gareth Iacobucci looks at the issue that dominated the debate this week

The issue of access to general practice took centre stage this week, as Labour attacked the Conservatives by claiming that almost 600 fewer GP surgeries in England are open in the evening and at weekends than before the coalition came to …

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