Johnson opens first of new breed of health centres

Health secretary Alan Johnson opens the first of a new breed of GP-led health centres in England today.

Alan Johnson (Photograph: Peter Crane)

The Hillside Bridge Health Centre in Bradford is one of 152 new GP health centres, open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, opening across England as part of a government programme to increase access to family doctor services.

The contract to run it was won by social enterprise Local Care Direct.

Any member of the public will be able to use these additional services provided by health centres, while staying registered with their local family doctor service. There will be one in each PCT.

The health centre will have a strong focus on promoting health, particularly for hard-to-reach groups, and on reducing health inequalities.

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