Minister prefers walk-in centres to practices

Health minister Ben Bradshaw prefers walk-in centres to general practice.

Ben Bradshaw
Ben Bradshaw

Speaking at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for primary care and public health at the House of Commons in London on Wednesday afternoon, the MP for Exeter in Devon said: ‘I’ve used my walk-in centre a lot more than my GP, partly because of convenience.

‘I do work long hours and I can’t afford time off being ill sat in a surgery for several hours. My walk-in centre is great and has sorted me out.’

Mr Bradshaw was one of three speakers, including GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman, in a debate about GP access and extended hours. Read the full story in next week’s GP.

Comment below and tell us what you think 

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins


Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Houses of Parliament

GP partnerships 'like collapsing Jenga stack' after Javid threat to nationalise practices

Sajid Javid's decision to back a report calling for the end of the GMS contract within...

£20 notes spread out

VAT trap for PCNs could strip millions of pounds from general practice

Tens of millions of pounds could be stripped from general practice because work carried...

Talking General Practice logo

Podcast: Is the BMA representing GPs effectively, why GPs face a pension tax hit, and views on the workload crisis

In our regular news review the team discusses representation of GPs, a new survey...

Man sleeping

NICE guidance on insomnia backs app to replace sleeping pills

Hundreds of thousands of people with insomnia could be offered treatment via a mobile...

Health worker prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine

JCVI backs autumn COVID-19 booster campaign for high-risk adults and NHS staff

Frontline health and social care staff and adults at increased risk of severe illness...

GP consultation

Government accused of 'misleading' claims on general practice workforce

GP leaders have accused the government of making misleading claims about the general...