Exclusive: GPs fear extended hours will worsen continuity of care

Two-thirds of GPs think continuity of care will be worsened if practices are forced to open extended hours, according to the GP survey.

It found that 63.7 per cent of GPs thought the imposition would force worse patient care, with 33.1 per cent thinking it would be unaffected.

Additionally, 63 per cent of those polled at the Kent LMC meetings thought continuity of care would be worse.

One GP from the GP survey said: ‘This government clearly wants to fragment primary care and destroy the concept of continuity of care and a personal GP.'

Another said: ‘We will not be offering extra appointments but re-distributing existing ones so there will be fewer in-hours appointments. The elderly, chronically-ill and families with young children who use the service most probably prefer daytime appointments.'

A GP said: ‘I feel this may be the beginning of the return of the previous 24/7 week.'

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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