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Seven day opening of GP surgeries may not work everywhere, minister tells MPs

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 14 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i226
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Not every part of England may want seven day routine access to GP surgeries depending on what ongoing pilot schemes find, a minister has told MPs.

Alistair Burt, minister for community and social care, appearing before the parliamentary health committee on 12 January for the final evidence session of its inquiry into primary care, seemed to say that the same level of service may not be available universally if a local population does not want it.

MPs asked about the government’s intention to have the same level of services available seven days a week, after the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund pilots in primary care had shown poor uptake of Sunday appointments made available to patients.

Burt said that he was not surprised at the different levels of uptake across the pilot schemes. “The truth about whether or …

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