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Only three areas commit to funding seven-day GP services


7 day extended hours access is being rolled out in Greater Manchester. This will benefit those who can't get an appointment during normal working hours for same day need and long term conditions. It will help to reduce those inequalities in access for people who work or have carers who work. As well as reducing A&E attendances, once the service is embedded and there is full PrimaryCare provision (not just GPs) we can start to make an impact on admissions. Of course this means changes in working practices and culture. It will take time, more workforce capacity and changes in skill mix. We need to work in a much more integrated way with community services to move activity out of hospital. In the end it's the only way to invest in Primary Care. Sure we need to review demand at weekends (although most cynics were saying the extra capacity would just create unlimited demand!), but once the public get to realise that at weekends the service is open they will begin to use it more. This will in turn release capacity in-hours for those who value continuity of care. Everyones a winner. It is the future, so embrace it, don't resist it, notwithstanding some of the hyperbole in these comments, and the exaggerated headlines in the magazine.

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25 Nov 2015

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