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Saturday surgery mistake

GPs 'realise they made a major mistake in abandoning Saturday surgeries', health minister Lord Warner is claiming.

He told a conference last week the BMA had 'got the message' that patients wanted GPs to open later and on Saturdays.

Lord Warner said: 'I think we're going into some interesting discussion with GPs over getting more flexibility over opening hours and Saturday opening.'

Reinstating Saturday opening was included in the recent White Paper. It was also Conservative policy at the last election.

Dr George Rae, secretary of Newcastle and North Tyneside LMC and a GPC member, said the minister was 'passing the buck'.

He said: 'The profession knew what they agreed to when they voted for the contract. One of the main reasons was out-of-hours.'

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