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MPs are to quiz the Department of Health over 'perverse' access targets that have left many practices unable to offer pre-bookable appointments.

The health select committee is to ask a series of questions about the Government's 48-hour access target, as part of its regular Public Expenditure Questionnaire (PEQ) inquiry.

Committee clerk Dr David Harrison said: 'The concern is that as one of the consequences of setting a 48-hour access target some GPs seem to be saying they can't offer an appointment beyond that.

'We want to find out what the extent of the problem is and what steps are being taken to address this.'

The department recently added a question to its monthly access survey to find out how far ahead GPs were allowing patients to book.

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