Yorkshire residents to see their GP on weekends and evenings

Published: Friday 27th March 2015 by KCFM

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Residents across Yorkshire will be able to seek GP appointments in the evenings and at weekends by next year.

The Government has announced plans to offer patients more tests, treatments and services closer to home, to avoid unneccessary hospital trips.

By next year, it’s hoped patients will be able to see their GP, nurse or primary care professional at weekends and in the evening, to be able to fit in with their busy schedules.

The changes will see 1.2 million people registered with more than 160 surgeries being able to access their GP and professional health care worker at more convenient times through extending their opening hours.

An extra 32 million pounds will be invested in local funding in the NHS to improve access to GPs and improve out of hospital care.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says:

“The NHS is moving with the times. By keeping in touch with how people live their lives, far more NHS services, test and treatments will be offered closer to people’s homes at times that suit them.

“GPs have always been the foundation of the NHS and are at the centre of our plans to move more care in to the community. We are supporting them to work innovatively to deliver 21st century patient care.”

Norman Lamb, Care Minister, says:

“We want to have a fairer society, and that means better care, closer to home for everyone. Today’s announcement helps patients get easier access to their GP.

“Our investment in our of hospital care will not only improve and join up services where people live but also keep people healthier in the community for longer.”

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Published: Friday 27th March 2015 by KCFM

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