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GP practices on course to open seven days as Tories reach majority

GP practices are on course for seven-day opening as the Conservative Party secured a Parlimentary majority in yesterday’s general election.

The party secured the 326 seats it needed for a majority, without the need to strike a deal with other parties.

David Cameron will stay on as Prime Minister, while health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s South West Surrey constituency has re-elected him with a 60% clear majority.

GP candidate Dr Louise Irvine, standing against Mr Hunt for the National Health Action Party, has received just 8.5% of the vote, finishing behind both the local UKIP and Labour candidates.

Conservative health minister Dr Dan Poulter was re-elected with 56% of the vote in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, while the Liberal Democrat health minister Norman Lamb retained his seat in North Norfolk with 39% of the vote.

GP candidate Dr Sarah Wollaston, the most recent chair of the House of Commons Health Committee, has secured a clear victory in her Totnes, Devon, constituency, with local media reporting that she is 18,000 votes clear of her nearest challenger, a UKIP candidate.

Labour’s shadow health secretary Andy Burnham was re-elected in is Leigh constituencty with 54% majority, but has lost his chance of a place in the next Government.

As previously reported, the Conservative manifesto made the extraordinary claim that patients would gain access seven days a week to their own GP.

It was later clarified that this did not mean GPs would have to work every day of the week but was conflating the policies of seven-day access to ‘a GP’ by 2020 and the extension of the named clinician scheme to all patients.

Other Tory policies for the next five years include same-day GP appointments for patients over 75 and a promise of an additional £8bn per year spend on the NHS by 2020 over and above inflation to support the NHS Five Year Forward View recommendations.

The Conservative Party’s NHS policies:

  • continue to increase spending on the NHS, supported by a strong economy, so the NHS stays free for you to use
  • spend at least an additional £8bn by 2020 over and above inflation to fund and support the NHS’s own action plan for the next five years
  • ensure you can see a GP and receive the hospital care you need, seven days a week by 2020, with a guarantee that everyone over 75 will get a same-day appointment if they need one
  • integrate health and social care, through our Better Care Fund
  • lead the world in fighting cancer and finding a cure for dementia

Source: Conservative Party 2015 election manifesto

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Readers' comments (71)

  • NONE of the political parties had sensible ideas about the NHS...tories included.

    So how exactly are they going to achieve this with less money and fewer Drs....it's total fantasy

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  • Only one way to go "scorch earth policy." and quit NHS. Make primary care no longer the gatekeepers and open the flood gates. Soon it will be bleeding obvious!

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  • Alot of negativism on these forums which doesn't reflect the grassroot opinion.The Manchester pilot has been very popular amongst local GPs and patients alike.GPs by their very nature want to do what is best for their patients and most of them have already federated to make it work.

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  • Ivan Benett

    Well said 'Anonymous | GP Partner | 08 May 2015 4:42pm
    'Alot of negativism on these forums which doesn't reflect the grassroot opinion.....'

    You're absolutely right. It's just a pity you didn't name yourself or people will think it's me who posted this.
    Seriously, this is better for patients, and better for Primary Care and it allows a lot of inward investment, so please let's start embrassing 7 day opening...with the proviso of funding and an expanded workforce.
    Look, it's here to stay.
    In Central Manchester it is delivered as a federation for a locality, and only people who want to work do so. It adds to the flexibility of opportunity to work that young doctors prefer, and is more likely to keep them in the local system.
    It also allows for more investment in managing activity out of hospital, and for young doctors to develop their portfolio careers.
    It also allows those with young families to see their kids - which is one thing I regret when I was a young father.
    Anyway, can't stop...I have to go an do my extended hours session now - starting at 6 and emding at 8 tonight.

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  • best thing that could ever happen - collapse of general practice.

    as the song goes - "you dont know what you got till its gone"

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  • ummm....did everyone miss or forget yesterdays headline about the complete and utter failure of 7 day working, costing more and being pulled in a lot places? Whats with the short term memory folks? Hope you enjoy your evening those working the 6-8 extended hours, will I enjoy some home time with my kids and get them to bed. Life is to short, your kids will look after you and give you far more joy than the verruca you are going to manage as your last patient of the evening!

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  • There really wasn't much of a choice and votes were not cast purely on NHS promises anyway so unfair to claim a mandate for this. 7 day routine GP services are neither necessary nor affordable (if properly funded).

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  • The link to the failure of 7 day working is the second one on the right hand side under related articles with the headline the says "GP 7 day Pilot scheme being abandoned in blow to conservative access drive" REad and weep my friends.

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  • The fact of the matter is a majority of electorate chose the Tories. The Conservative party has been given the mendate to push forward and implement their policies thay had already started in their first term in the government.
    It is very sad to say how far and alienated the GPs prospective and views are from the general public. At the end of the day we are Public Sector employees and bound to respect and follow what our public wants from us.
    Offcourse if some of us do not want to do this can withdraw from Public service and go private or abroad. But please accept the will of the people and learn to adapt.
    This is not ideal for us the GPs but this is a fact and the sooner we accept it and move on the better.

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  • Dr Bennet, the public will see the policy "see your own GP seven days a week" and we all know this is just not the truth. It will be a GP from part of your federation had likely in a different building in the same locality. They will feel cheated, "this is just another out of hours system" you hear them cry, as they walk out of the door to pick up their script for cuplex...

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