GPs believe extended hours will harm continuity of care

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

It found that 63.7 per cent of GPs thought the imposition would result in poorer patient care, with 33.1 per cent saying that 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 commented in the GP survey: 'This government clearly wants to fragment primary care and destroy the concept of continuity of care and a personal GP.'

Other comments included:

  • 'We will not be offering extra appointments but redistributing 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.'
  • 'We run personal lists; this will be impossible to continue.'
  • 'This could be the beginning of the return of the previous 24/7 week.'

neil.durham@haymarket.com.

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