GP extended hours 'would not be possible' under Tory government

Large numbers of GP practices would not have been forced to extend opening hours under a Conservative government, according to the prime minister.

Gordon Brown (Photograph: J H Lancy/HML)
Gordon Brown (Photograph: J H Lancy/HML)

Gordon Brown told the House of Commons on Wednesday that 65% of practices were now open at weekends or in the evening because the government had demanded it.

‘The opposition's policy is that GPs make their own decisions,' Mr Brown said.

‘That would mean that large numbers of GP surgeries would not be open in the evenings or at weekends. We have taken the decision and we have provided the money.'

He added that increasing the health service budget was vital to fund extended opening, and that Conservative plans meant this funding would not be available.

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