Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Almost half of seven-day trial surgeries have cut hours after lack of demand

Almost half of seven-day trial surgeries have cut hours after lack of demand Small number of patients at eight of the 18 pilot schemes raises doubts about viability of David Cameron’s 8am to 8pm GP services pledge

Almost half of the GP surgeries that began opening in evenings and at weekends to fulfil David Cameron’s pledge of 8am to 8pm seven-day access have cut their hours because so few patients came.

Pulse, the magazine for GPs, has learned that eight of the 18 pilot areas in England given money last year to roll out the scheme have scaled back the hours they operate or stopped offering appointments outside normal working hours altogether. Continue reading... The Guardian

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