Two-thirds of English practices open extended hours

The number of practices opening extended hours is still rising in England, with nearly two-thirds of practices now offering the service.

Photograph: JH Lancy

DoH figures for November show 65% of England’s 8,263 practices are now open at evenings and weekends, compared with 59% in October.

Western Cheshire PCT is the only PCT with no practices offering the service, but that is because its local arrangement with
GPs is not recognised by the DoH.

Over 85% of PCTs have now met the DoH’s target of having half of its practices offering extended hours.

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