NHS weekend: 7-day GP opening ‘unachievable’
By Nick Triggle
5 September 2015
From the section Health
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The goal of seven-day routine GP opening in England is unachievable in this Parliament and risks destabilising care, the Royal College of GPs says.
Ministers have promised that by 2020, people will have access to GPs seven days a week – and have pledged 5,000 extra doctors to help achieve that.
But RCGP president Maureen Baker said they would largely be needed to plug gaps in the current workforce.
And she urged the government to think carefully about its approach.
There are no official figures for GP vacancy rates, but Dr Baker said evidence from its members suggested the vacancy rate could be more than 10%.
“We haven’t the nurses and the support staff to do the …read more
Source:: BBC UK