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David Cameron promises seven-day GP access by 2020

What do you think of David Cameron promise to deliver seven-day GP access by 2020?

GPC Chair Chaand Nagpaul has criticised the announcement saying it, "does not address the current reality of what patients and GPs are facing; we need immediate solutions to the extreme pressures that GP practices are facing, with inadequate numbers of GPs and practice staff to manage increasing volume of patients, who are already having to wait too long for care. 

Is this promise realistic? What would need to happen to achieve it? Should there be different priorities? Tell us what you think.


4 replies

  • I work all week and want Sat & Sunday off to be with my teenage kids when they're not at school

    I don't ask to see my solicitor or accountant out of hours

    Extra opening ours will stimulate as much extra demand for trivialities than it will solve problems

    Time politicians started to feed the public messages to lower demand not stoke it up further if the country is broke!

    What will this do to boost GP recruitment and retention?

  • In reply to Kenneth Charles Leeper:

    Fantasy medicine, with fantasy staff, with fantasy good will.

    All the party leaders are cripppled in their ability to tell the truth and not lie.

    Millipede said "8,000" new GPs a year. Oh dear you poor intellectually challenged man, we need 10,000 a year to stand still, so that is a further 2,000 per year cut presumably.

    Cambluster says "12/7 opening" Sure the surgeries might be open, but there will no no doctors or practice nurses to man them.

    This stupid raising of unachieveable expectations and pandering to the worst of the "Daily Wail" doctor hating classes just corrosively erodes moral. I am retiring at the age of 58. The NHS should expect to get another 7-10 years out of me. But it pays relative peanuts for years of training and experience, derides my training and skills unless I have renewed my skills and got a shiny new certificate every 3 years, abuses me daily in the gutter press and amost as frequently by the politician. I could go on but why bother. As a profession we are destroyed. We lost the fight when the BMA did not have the guts to go for plan B in 2004. We have been sold out and ignored by our leaders who always get gongs "providing they don't rock the boat too much". The only one with the guts to speak up was Clare Gerada, who shook things up. I don't thinks she will be bothered about getting no gongs.  Where is the much vaulted dry powder? It has been ignored for so long, it has decomposed and will no longer ignite.

    Eventually it will dawn that the current model of GP was extremely cost effective and it will take 4x as much as the current funding to do anything like the same volume of work, just like when OOH was taken over because HMG could do it better. My how we laughed. What is lost each time is the good will, the committment to go the extra mile. This is no longer seen in young GPs who have been through the RCGP trainee sausage factory and all just want a salaried post

    I fear for the NHS. As I approach an age when bits will fail and need patching up, I do not believe I will get the care GPs including me, have given over the past 30 years, The public are being hood winked and will only see the truth when it is too late. I hope they are happy with the new NHS they so richly deserve

  • In reply to Richard Anthony Johnson:

    Chaand is very polite. The rest of us are thinking DC is a ---- with no idea about what we do , how or why we do it or what the effect is of making his brilliant announcement. I look forward to having no colleagues. And no useful primary care but a lot of disenchanted, unproductive, salaried "GPs". Who will indeed go home at the end of their shift.. But there will be lots of them. So he will have kept a promise. Sort of. Oh and I agreee with DrJohnson.

  • In reply to Michael John Tedbury:

    The reality for David Cameron and Ed Miliband is that there is an election next year. They are trying to send out messages that will, in their view, win them votes. The lives of GP's are not their concern, I'm not sure that they are all that bothered about our patients either. They are their own main concern and their livelyhood demands that their party gets re-elected. They will say whatever it takes to get re-elected. Whether they will do as they say once elected is a different matter entirely - witness the present government's comments about changes in the NHS before and after the last election.

    I agree with Dr Johnson but Dr Leeper's comments assume that someone in government gives a damn about GP's. Whilst making the reasonable comments about seeing a solicitor or accountant "out of hours" Dr Leeper fails to consider that he would usually be footing the bill for their services whereas the public purse foots the bill for our services although I agree with his comments on stoking demand and GP recruitment and retention.