It asked 2,044 UK adults about their experience of primary care in September and October 2007.
In response, GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman said: ‘GPs will always do their best to ensure that all their patients are able to get an appointment when they need one.
‘A recent survey of over 2 million people in England showed that the majority of patients were happy with their surgeries' opening hours. Only 4 per cent wanted their practice to open in the evening and 7 per cent on a Saturday morning.
‘When the BMA tried to offer a way forward on extended hours by opening longer and providing additional clinical services, the government turned us down. Instead the government has chosen to impose a solution that would not improve quality care and would take resources away from the patients who are most in need.'
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