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New health 'contract' announced

The first ever 'contract' between the health services and the Government has been announced by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. It includes plans to improve 'the patient experience' and mental health care.

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GP appointments to booked online as part of health service 'contract'

Patients will be able to book GP appointments online within the next three years, the Health Secretary will announce today.

Patients will be able to book their GP appointments online by 2015

By 2015, every patient in England will be able to book appointments, view test results and order repeat prescriptions over the internet, Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce as he sets out details about the first ever "contract" between the Government and the health service.

Patients will also be able to access their records online.

Ministers hope the move will make services more accessible to patients and alleviate the hassle of trying to get through to a GP surgery over the phone.

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