More GP practices in Tayside offer extended opening hours

13 January 2010

Marlyn Glen has welcomed news that NHS Tayside are holding discussions with the remaining GP practices who remain undecided about extending their opening hours for patients.

Official Scottish Government figures given to her indicate that

* 39 GP practices in the NHS Tayside area already offer extended opening hours services

*22 practices have said "No" to participating in the scheme

* A further 8 have said that they are "undecided"

The 39 practices represents 56 per cent of the total number of practices in Tayside, an increase on the 51 per cent reported last July.

Ms. Glen said,

"GPs are independent self-employees, and are not employed by the health board, but more flexible access to health services is in the interest of both.

" The scheme is part of a general drive to make health services more in tune with how people live and work today.

"Research conducted by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) found that UK businesses lose around 38 million working hours and £1billion a year because of employees having to make doctorsí appointments during working hours."


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