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GP access to expand

19th September 2007

Gordon Brown stressed that extending access to GP care is a top priority for the government.


He was speaking at a meeting of 1,000 people to discuss the future of the NHS in Birmingham, which was one of nine “citizen’s jury? events held around the UK and designed to canvas public opinion about health service reform.

Mr Brown said GPs should be more accessible at weekends and in the evenings and he also highlighted hospital cleanliness as another priority.

The Prime Minister said: “What I am hearing, and what I am going to act upon is that people want more access to the GP out-of-hours, and at weekends. They want higher quality of service and personal care when they go to the hospital. They want the hospital to be clean, and they want it to be safe.?

The Confederation of British Industry wants greater access to GPs, arguing that businesses lose 38m working hours and £1bn a year because employees have to visit their GP during working hours but the British Medical Association has warned that GPs are already hard-pressed, and that an extension in access to services must be coupled with an expansion in doctor numbers.

The “citizens' juries? initiative is part of the review of the NHS in England led by Lord Darzi, a minister and surgeon with the aim to set priorities for the next 60 years. Key themes are access, quality and safety.

The juries will meet later this year before feeding into the review's final report, due next summer.


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