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More GPs hit 48hr access

GPs are continuing to improve patients' access to their practices' services, Department of Health quarterly figures released last week have shown.

More than 80 per cent of patients had access to a GP within 48 hours in the latest snapshot survey carried out in September.

The figure is up from 75 per cent from the previous assessment in June.

The Government has set a target for 90 per cent of patients to be offered a GP appointment within two working days by next April.

It is also pressing for the access target to be included in the new GP contract.

However, the GPC was adamant that the 81 per cent access figure did not strengthen the Government's case.

GPC negotiator Dr Laurence Buckman said 'There's not a shred of credible evidence to support them and there's no proven patient demand, apart from a certain group of patients that have the ear of Tony Blair.'

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