General practitioners: Working Hours

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th November 2019.

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Photo of Royston Smith Royston Smith Conservative, Southampton, Itchen

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of GP surgeries that offer evening and weekend appointments.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Evening and weekend general practice appointments are routinely available across the country now to enable patients to find appointments at a time convenient to them, with millions of patients having already benefitted from this. NHS England has confirmed that patients at all general practitioner (GP) surgeries are able to get routine weekend or evening appointments at either their own GP surgery or one nearby. NHS England, working with stakeholders, is undertaking a national review of access to general practice services. The review’s main objective is to improve patient access both in hours and at evenings and weekends and reduce unwarranted variation in experience.

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