GP surgeries urged to try seven-day opening

Idris Griffiths
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Doctors’ surgeries in Sheffield are being encouraged to bid for funding to extend their hours and stay open seven days a week.

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a pilot scheme in which £50 million will be offered to GP groups who want to test initiatives including longer opening hours, online appointment booking and greater use of email and phone consultations.

Idris Griffiths, chief operating officer of NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, said the scheme will ‘suit modern lifestyles’.

“The majority of health care is provided outside of hospitals and with the right support even more could be provided,” he said.

“We have forward-thinking and innovative practices in Sheffield and we hope there will be success in the required bidding process for the pilot David Cameron announced.

“The programme fits in well with our commitment to making sure local people receive the most appropriate care at the right time, in the right place.”