New practices for poorest areas3rd December 2007
In a speech given to the NHS Alliance conference, Health Secretary Alan Johnson has revealed new plans to open GP practices in areas which have the fewest doctors.
Some areas of the country have less than half as many GPs per 100,000 people as other areas. Mr Johnson said 38 primary care trusts (PCTs) have been found which are most in need. These trusts will receive 100 new GP practices in the next three years.
He added: "Evidence shows there is a direct link between low numbers of GP surgeries and poor health within a community. That is why we are increasing the number of family doctors services in these areas".
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Title: New practices for poorest areas
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 4945
Date Added: 3rd Dec 2007