DoH launches new attack on GP working hours

Health secretary Alan Johnson has issued another attack on the working practices of GPs, saying current working hours were an ‘anomaly’.

Alan Johnson
Alan Johnson

Mr Johnson told the BBC that he wanted to see extended opening in the evenings and Saturday mornings to help patients fit appointments around the working day.

His comments came despite the DoH’s own patient survey showing an 84 per cent satisfaction rating for GP opening hours, with only 4 per cent requesting evening surgeries and 7 per cent wanting weekend opening.

Mr Johnson said he was seeking to work with the BMA to ensure the health service was ‘fit for the 21st century’.

Meanwhile, the former NHS patients’ tsar Harry Cayton has condemned the endless reorganisation of the health service for damaging the quality of patient care.

After five years in the job, Mr Cayton has taken up a new post as chief executive of the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph he also criticised the BMA for blocking progress, saying it was the ‘most conservative union’ he had ever come across.

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