DoH offers practices £150m to open longer

Details of a £150 million offer from the DoH to practices in England to open longer were expected to be presented to the GPC at its meeting in London today.

The offer may provoke anger among GPs because it is believed to be the directed enhanced service (DES) funding for choice and booking and access from 2007/8.

A total of £18,000 per average practice was available in 2007/8 for both DESs.

The DoH expects this money to be used instead to encourage practices to open extended hours in 2008/9.

A GPC press conference was expected this afternoon.

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