News in brief

GPC poll - The GPC poll of the profession on extended hours and contract changes ends today (29 February). Results will be announced early in March, but the exact date is dependent on independent polling company Electoral Reform Ballot Services. Opinion, page 19.

PM on GP opening - Prime minister Gordon Brown says extended hours would allow millions of people access to doctors 'at the time that they want them'. Speaking during prime minister's questions last week, Mr Brown said he hoped GPs would accept the proposal to open practices for an extra three hours per week.

Representatives sought - The GPC is looking for GPs to represent the profession from 15 constituencies across the UK. These include Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Nominations close 7 March for 2008-11 (www.bma.org.uk/ap.nsf/Content/GPCregionalelection).

Anglo-Welsh care - Cross-border health services between England and Wales are to be investigated by the Welsh Affairs Committee. Dr Hywel Francis, the committee's chairman, said: 'As a consequence of devolution we have seen policy divergence in the delivery of public services across the UK, often leading to contradictory provision.' The committee wants written evidence to welshcom@parliament.uk

Prize draw winner - Thanks to the 534 GPs who took part in our GMS contract survey. The winner of the £100 of Amazon vouchers was Dr Rajendra Roplekar, of the Broadway Practice, Broadstairs, Kent.

Princess opens health centre - Princess Anne was expected to officially open the £6 million Syston Health Centre in Leicestershire as GP went to press. The development was funded by local GPs. It includes 31 fully-equipped consulting rooms, seven operating rooms and a mobile MRI scanner.

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