51% of practices in England extend hours

The DoH has announced that its target for half of practices in England to open extended hours has been met, despite large areas where no GPs are offering the service.

Ben Bradshaw
Ben Bradshaw

Health minister Ben Bradshaw said 51 per cent of practices in England (4,250 out of 8,275) now open extended hours.

But there are still 10 PCTs where fewer than 20 per cent of practices are doing extended hours, and four PCTs with no GPs at all offering the service.

Mr Bradshaw said GPs in these areas were ‘holding out for a better deal’ but PCTs would be ‘embarrassed’ into resolving the situation, as patients see what is available in other parts of the country.

Mr Bradshaw would not rule out a further push for more practices to open extended hours and further access targets to do with ‘telephony and receptionists’.

Prime minister Gordon Brown, who made the original extended hours promise in January, said: ‘Today isn't the end of the story though,’ adding that he expected hundreds more GPs to extend their opening hours before the end of the year.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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