Government must follow the evidence before implementing seven day GP services

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 25 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2308
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

The government should ensure that there is a real demand for weekend access to general practice before imposing seven day services nationally, MPs have said.

In a wide ranging report on primary care1 the health select committee said that there needed to be a full evaluation of the pilot programmes—that tested the provision of routine weekend appointments—“before any new system was rolled out around the country.”

The report continued, “The government’s approach should be evidence based, learn from best practice, and avoid unintended consequences such as damaging weekday …

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