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Seven-day GP access pioneer hails cut in unnecessary A&E attendance

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I am happy to respond to individual questions from named people, please email me at ivan.benett@nhs.net. On a few general points, the evaluation is by no means complete and I have said since the start that we need at least 12 months to get a feel for full impact. The reporter asked for early data, and that's what she was given. Neither would I ever claim causality between extended hours and reduced A&E activity since this pilot was not set up in a way that can easily show this 'beyond reasonable doubt'. I think we will be able to show 'on the balance of probability' that extending hours of service has made a change for the better. What I can say is that compared to last year at the same time people registered with Central Manchester practices are attending less at A&E for 'Primary Care ' type issues. So Central Manchester practices WITHIN the whole system are doing something different from most of the rest of the country. Further impact will be achieved once NHS 111, A&E and OOHs can directly book in to the extended hours, which we are working on right now. We will never convince those who are idiologically opposed to providing a service for our patients, some of whom chose to comment anonymously in these columns. What I'm interested in is investing in Primary Care to deliver a service our patients pay for and deserve. Those who want investment in Primary Care are getting just that in our extended hours service. No-one has to work more if they don't want to. Patients see a doctor with access to their records. Everyone is a winner

Posted date

25 Apr 2014

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2:31pm

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