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General Practitioners: Opening Hours

Question for Department of Health

UIN 219251, tabled on 17 December 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to ensure that all GP surgeries are open for at least one evening each week.

Answered on

8 January 2015

All practices are currently offered the opportunity to provide extended hours access, i.e. appointments outside of 8am-6.30pm weekdays, under a Directed Enhanced Service.

The Prime Minister’s £50 million Challenge Fund is currently improving general practitioner access for over four million patients across England. This includes offering evening and weekend appointments, as well as better use of technology.

The Prime Minister recently announced another £100 million of funding for next year to improve access for even more patients.