Opinion: Leader - Let GPs take initiative for a win-win situation

July 2005
GP: General Practitioner;7/8/2005, p22
This article reports that general practitioners (GPs) in practices in Waltham Forrest, north-east London, have found that working a shift system to enable their practices to open for extended hours has benefits for them and their patients. Although the PCT is paying only two practices to pilot the initiative by opening between 8 in the morning and 8 in the evening, other practices in the area are copying the working arrangements for no extra money. The initiative does not require GPs to work longer hours, just different hours. They come in early and go home mid-afternoon or come in late morning and work into the early evening.


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