BMA queries cost of Tory GP extended opening plan

Tory policy for GP appointments to be available between 8am and 8pm seven days a week will be 'popular' but may be unaffordable, according to the BMA.

Dr Meldrum: GP access shouldn't come at the expense of quality to patient care
Dr Meldrum: GP access shouldn't come at the expense of quality to patient care

The Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats unveiled their manifestos this week with GP access featuring heavily.

BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum said: ‘The idea of being able to see a GP from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week is bound to be popular, and patients deserve good access to GP services, but this shouldn't come at the expense of the quality of a patient's overall care, which is at risk if services become fragmented. It's also a luxury that we may not be able to afford in these financially straightened times.'


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Labour proposes GP-led health centres being open 8am-8pm seven days a week.

Dr Meldrum said: ‘The use of alternative, non-NHS, providers in delivering healthcare, has yet to be proven. It wastes taxpayers' money, and will cause further destabilisation of essential NHS services and yet is supported by all three parties.'

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