Johnson slates Tory plan to end extended hours

Health secretary Alan Johnson has criticised Conservative plans to scrap longer surgery opening hours.

Alan Johnson (Photograph: JH Lancy)
Alan Johnson (Photograph: JH Lancy)

Mr Johnson said: ‘David Cameron's plan to scrap Labour's deal with doctors and let GPs go back to setting their own hours would mean that surgeries would no longer have to open at times convenient to patients.

‘Thanks to Labour, nearly three-quarters of GP practices now offer extended opening hours, compared with just 12% last April.

‘David Cameron needs to come clean and to tell patients which GPs would stop offering weekend and evening opening under his unfair plans.'

* Should extended hours be scrapped?

  • Read next week's edition of GP dated 5 June for the full story on Conservative plans for extended hours.

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