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Ten-minute consultations 'must go', says NHS England director


I'm not usually the first one to pipe up with conspiracy theories but doesn't all this look suspicious! ...Suddenly patients are allowed to book any length of appointment they want with no corresponding reduction in access targets. This would mean that GP surgeries would have to provide more appointments assuming several patients do book the longer ones (i.e. open longer to provide the same access). This could easily mean that smaller practices are in breach of contract and forced to close and larger ones have to employ more doctors (not a financially viable prospect) or work into the weekends and further late evenings. I would advise that we do not engage in this discussion without the removal of current access targets.

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01 May 2014

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