Practices should not close early, senior BMA member warns

A senior member of the BMA has criticised practices that close early one day a week.

Welsh BMA chairman Dr Tony Calland has criticised GPs in Wales for closing early in the afternoons and at lunchtime.

Dr Calland said a small minority of GPs were letting down negotiatiors, currently working on an extended hours enhanced service for Wales.

A survey of 40 practices by the Western Mail found that 30 per cent of practices were closed at lunchtime or in the afternoon once a week.

Responding in an open letter, Dr Calland wrote: ‘As doctors negotiating on behalf of the profession, we find it particularly difficult when a minority of colleagues we represent let down our negotiators by failing to keep to the spirit of agreements.

‘BMA Wales does not support such failure and encourages those practices to review their surgery hours to better reflect the needs of patients within the already-agreed obligations.’

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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