A second wave of 37 pilots was announced in 2015 with £100m. The government also pledged to spend an additional £400m to ensure every patient in England has evening and weekend access by 2020.
A further £25.5m - part of the 2015/16 tranche of the infrastructure/transformation fund that pledged £1bn in total over four years - was designated for Access Fund pilots' IT interoperability. Some of the pilots have also benefited from additional local funding.
A total of 7.5m patients were expected to have access to extended GP opening hours under the initial £50m Challenge Fund pilots.
Seven-day GP access
By 2020, NHS England's mandate now pledges to make weekend and evening GP services available across the country.
In the government spending review in November a Treasury document said that the roll-out of evening and weekend access would be ‘supported’ by the remaining £750m primary care transformation fund, initially announced in 2014 as a GP infrastructure fund and as part of the wider additional £2bn recurrent funding for the NHS.
Last month NHS England announced that general practice's funding would rise by at least 4% a year until 2020/21.