Extending GP hours is 'critical', says Gordon Brown

Prime minister Gordon Brown has welcomed GPs' reluctant backing for extended hours.

In a statement, Mr Brown said: ‘These improvements are critical if the NHS is to deliver a more personal service and better focus on preventing ill health at an early stage. Our task is now to work with GPs to implement these reforms.'

The prime minister described the change as a ‘big improvement in service for the general public', saying patients will ‘start to see its effect almost immediately'.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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