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GP at Hand: commissioning group plans to cut extended hours at other practices

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 06 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l585
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The west London clinical commissioning group (CCG) hosting Babylon’s GP at Hand service is planning to drastically cut the number of extended hours appointments available to patients from other local practices because of funding pressures.

From this April, practices in Hammersmith will be forced to reduce the number of morning, evening, and weekend appointments they offer. Some practices may lose two thirds of their extended appointment slots and tens of thousands of pounds, The BMJ has learnt.

Financial pressures

The plans, which will go out to consultation this month, would replace the existing local enhanced service for extended hours with the cheaper national directed enhanced service, saving the CCG almost £600 000. This would reduce the total number of GP appointments available outside core …

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