Brown promises extended hours for all

Prime minister Gordon Brown has pledged to expand extended hours to cover every patient in England.

Gordon Brown
Gordon Brown

In his speech to the Labour conference in Brighton on Tuesday the prime minister referenced the success of the existing scheme in getting 75% of practices in England to open extended hours. 

'In the next five years', he added, 'we will ensure every patient has the right to see a GP in the evening or at the weekend'.

Mr Brown also used the speech to unveil a pledge to bring Britain's ‘postcode lottery' social care system into the NHS, to create a new ‘National Care Service'.

‘For those with the highest needs we will now offer in their own homes free personal care,' he promised.

As expected, Mr Brown also unveiled a pledge of an ‘early diagnosis guarantee', which would allow patients to get access to tests within a week of seeing a GP.

Citing investment in improved treatment times and research, he added: ‘Our ambition is no less than to beat cancer in this generation.'

The promise received long applause from the audience.

Equally well received was a reference to last summer's 'we love the NHS' campaign on social networking site Twitter.

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