DoH pledges end to access drive

The DoH's drive to improve access is over, according to its primary care czar.

'We have no extra policies stored up ready to throw on GPs,' said England's clinical director for primary care Dr David Colin-Thome.

Dr Colin-Thome told GP extended hours would not become compulsory and GPs would not have to work from 8am until 8pm every day to match the hours of GP-led health centres.

'We have no other plans for extra access,' he said. 'The extended hours (scheme) has been a huge success in that we've got to our targets well ahead of what we planned to do.

'We're well on target to get the extra practices in socially deprived areas and to get the GP-led health centres up and running.'

Dr Colin-Thome's comments follow reports that some PCTs are planning to make extended hours part of core contracts for PMS practices from April (GP, 6 March).

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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