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GP's lunch date for access target

Dr Vasant Manudhane is running an extra two-hour lunchtime session each week to help his primary care trust hit its 48-hour access target.

Under the three-month pilot, five practices in Stoke on Trent take it in turns to pick up 'overflow' patients who were unable to see a GP at their own surgery before it closed for lunch.

Ten-minute appointments are booked by the patient's practice.

'Some GPs find this difficult to accept, but this is patient power ­ patients being able to access treatment without much headache,' he said.

The slots are not always fully booked. 'Patients don't always like to see a GP from a practice they are not registered with,' said Dr Manudhane. 'There is a culture the profession needs to change.'

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