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The waiting game

Extended hours cuts pointless

The suggestion that LES payments should be cut if attendance at GP extended hours surgeries fails to reach a certain threshold is as useless as it is stupid. (GPs face pay cut as patients shun extended hours)

It will only antagonise GPs more. The initial suggestion for out-of-hours surgeries was at the behest of a government that felt there was a political point to be made to win votes.

Those practices that tried and managed to open extra surgeries – even after identifying minimal demand – are now to be chastised by financial loss.

Enough is enough – there has to be a reason to go to the barricades and perhaps the GPC will take notice of this.


From Dr Malcolm Freeth

Eastbourne, East Sussex


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