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Tories to scrap 50% extended hours target

By Gareth Iacobucci

The Conservatives have revealed they will scrap the Government's 50% extended hours opening target for GP practices if they are elected.

Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley, who has drawn up proposals to hand back control over opening hours to GPs, confirmed that the Conservatives would be prepared to ditch the Government's target of having half of all GP practices offering extended hours within the next three years.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Pulse, Mr Lansley said: ‘Senior professionals providing a service who are accountable to patients should not have their hours controlled by Government. They should be accountable to patients for the quality of service they provide.'

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