More practices offer extended hours

Over a third (37.8 per cent) of GP practices in England are now offering extended hours.

According to the DoH figures for July, 38.2 per cent of PCTs have achieved their target of getting 50 per cent of practices to open extended hours.

The DoH survey, of 8,284 English practices, has shown the number offering extra hours increasing rapidly each month since April. In June, 28 per cent of practices were opening extended hours.

According to local GPC negotiators, the DoH has warned PCTs that some of the more flexible local extended hours agreements will not count towards their target.

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