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PM to roll out GP extensions and tailored care to millions

Millions of patients will be able to see their GPs outside work hours, and nearly a million more will be given tailored care, David Cameron has said. But a British Medical Association committee chair says the changes "need to be properly supported".

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GP hours extension 'needs to be properly supported'

David Cameron's extensions to GP hours have been praised by NHS England, but a British Medical Association committee chair has said the changes must be properly supported.

Patients at 1,147 GP practices across England will be able to see their family doctor outside of working hours. Credit: PA

NHS England CEO Simon Stevens said the initiative could also free up time for GPs to spend with their sickest patients, giving it "the potential to be a win-win-win for patients, their doctors and the NHS".

But Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the British Medical Association's General Practice Committee, said a more holistic approach was needed "so that community, social and urgent care work in tandem".

He also said ministers must "deliver on their commitment to increase resources in the community," so that GPs can be properly supported.

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