DoH to consider paying GPs to open longer

The DoH is to look at the current incentives for GP services to see how practices might achieve even better outcomes for their patients on access, according to health secretary Alan Johnson.

Alan Johnson
Alan Johnson

Speaking after the publication of figures showing high patient satisfaction with GP access in England, Mr Johnson said PCTs in areas where satisfaction was lowest should concentrate on improving this.

Measures include setting up an improvement team led by primary care tsar and GP Dr David Colin-Thome, PCTs considering inviting new providers into areas and the publication of information to patients through the NHS Choices website.

Mr Johnson said one problem to be addressed would be that people from black and minority ethnic communities reported a poorer experience.

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