General Practitioners: Working Hours

Health written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to provide for the safety of GPs and their staff who will be working extended hours under the proposed new GP contract.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

The interim guidance on implementing the arrangements for general practitioner practices to extend their opening hours, issued by the Department on 18 April, reminds primary care trusts that staff and patient safety is a priority, and asks them to consider, where they identify a need, how to mitigate identified risks when practices extend their hours.

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