General Practitioners: Opening Hours

Department of Health written question – answered on 1st March 2017.

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Photo of Lord Blencathra Lord Blencathra Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to make it compulsory for every GP surgery to be open from 8am to 6pm on Mondays to Fridays, and if so, whether they will reduce funding for those surgeries which do not comply.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The Government is committed to improving access to general practitioner (GP) services, both during core hours and at evenings and weekends.

The new GP contract means that surgeries which regularly close for mornings or afternoons on a week day will lose their eligibility for the current extended hours scheme claimed by most practices (through the Directed Enhanced Service). This change will come into effect from October 2017.

By 2020/21, everyone will have access to routine GP appointments at evenings and weekends, investment in general practice will increase to £12 billion per year, and there will be an extra 5,000 doctors in working in general practice.

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