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Bank holiday opening hours: NHS England guidance

NHS England information about practice opening hours over Easter and May bank holidays 

Bank holiday preparations for GP practices 

A letter from NHS England, sent on 27 March, said - 

Practices and the wider NHS will continue to be under ever-increasing pressure over the coming weeks, including through Easter (10 and 13 April) and, looking forward, to May bank holidays (8 and 25 May).

We need your help to be prepared and aligned with the rest of the NHS, which will be treating these as ordinary working days and cancelling staff annual leave to ensure services are able to be maintained.

To enable this, changes to the GP contract coming imminently mean the April dates will now be identified as normal working days for GP practices, so that we can manage demand together.

The position for the May bank holidays will be confirmed next month.

Source: NHS England, Preparedness update letter for general practice: 27 March 2020 [published 27 March] 

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