PM wants longer GP hours

GPs' surgeries should be open from 8am until 8pm, seven days a week, David Cameron said as he announced a £50 million trial to encourage longer opening hours.

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Cameron: GPs' surgeries should be open longer

GPs' surgeries should be open seven days a week from 8am until 8pm, David Cameron said as he announced a £50 million trial to encourage longer opening hours.

GPs' surgeries will be open longer for those in areas covered by the pilot project. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Around half a million patients are expected to be covered by a pilot project in parts of England as the government seeks to cut pressure on A&E departments.

A recent NHS survey found that almost one in five patients said inconvenient appointments were a concern and 70% backed weekend and after office hours opening.

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