GPs protest over seven day surgeries

UK Most British GPs believe their government’s radical plan to open doctors’ surgeries seven days a week will damage patient care, The Telegraph reports. The survey of over 400 GPs found that 58% believed that seven-day GP access will impact the safety of patient care “negatively or very negatively”. Some 68% of the GPs surveyed also said they would not support a move towards seven-day GP access even if it was properly resourced. The results are expected to come as a blow to the government’s £50 million Challenge Fund, launched earlier this month, which involves more than 1,000 GP practices piloting schemes such as 24-hour telephone access and weekend surgeries for working people.