Doctors’ surgeries are set to trial longer opening hours in new plans laid out by Prime Minister David Cameron.
Mr Cameron has confirmed plans for a £50m trial to have surgeries open from 8am until 8pm, seven days a week.
The extended hours will be piloted in nine regions across England and will be available to around half a million patients.
The scheme, which was unveiled at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, will offer extra cash to groups of GPs proposing the most effective ways to improve patient access.
The first pilot projects are due to start operating by April next year.
The Prime Minister said the idea behind the scheme was to provide “greater flexibility” and “modernise services”.]
He also said patient video calls, electronic prescriptions, online appointment booking and allowing people to visit a number of different surgeries across an area were other measures which could be introduced.
The first pilot projects are expected to get underway by April next year.
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