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Independents' Day

PCTs already nearing fresh extended hours target

By Steve Nowottny

Almost three quarters of GP practices are now offering evening and weekend appointments, new figures reveal, as the Government extended its pledge on extended opening hours.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown promised yesterday to have 75 percent of GP practices open early in the mornings, in evenings or at weekends by the end of the year.

But Department of Health data for February shows that PCTs are already nearing that new target, with 72.4% of GPs – almost 6,000 practices – now offering extended opening hours, up from 71.1% in January.

98% of PCTs have now achieved the original Operating Framework target of 50% of their GP practices offering extended hours.

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