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'Wrong type of patient' taking up extended hours

15th October 2008

Patients who are not working are taking up many GP slots at extended hours surgeries, according to the journal Pulse.

It surveyed 398 GPs and found that six months after the extended hours drive began up to 75% of slots are being booked but only 37% of those attending are working professionals. The findings suggest that the government initiative is not benefiting those it was intended for. At present, weekday extended hours are busy while there is lower demand on Saturdays.

 

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