Health minister: Patients don't want continuity of care

Health minister Ben Bradshaw believes patients want convenience rather than continuity of care.

Ben Bradshaw
Ben Bradshaw

Giving evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care and Public Health yesterday, Mr Bradshaw said patients ‘were less fixated on always seeing the same GP'.

He was responding to questions about access to GPs and improvements in primary care.

Mr Bradshaw said he hoped GPs would sign up to government's offer, and stay open for ‘meaningful chunks', either in the evenings or on Saturdays.

It would not just be professionals, but the elderly and blue-collar workers who would find extended hours more convenient, he said.

Last week Joyce Robins, co-director of Patient Concern, said: ‘The most valuable aspect of the GP service is continuity of care.'

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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