David Cameron to offer an extension to Surgery hours in England

Most of the ‘nine to fivers’ in England will know how difficult it is to get a doctor’s appointment at a suitable time for our employers and schedule. The new scheme could allow for a much needed change in Surgery hours across England.
By: IXL Company
 
CANARY WHARF, U.K. - Oct. 1, 2013 - PRLog -- www.theixlcompany.co.uk

Most of the ‘nine to fivers’ in England will know how difficult it is to get a doctor’s appointment at a suitable time for our employers and schedule, especially when taking into account the commute and yearly holidays. The new scheme could allow for a much needed change in Surgeries across England.

The scheme, which will be piloted in almost ten areas across England, will allow surgeries to bid for funding to enable them to open from as early as 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. This increases the amount of daily appointments available, as well as the times people can come in, particularly benefiting those that work full time as they can come after work without taking time off. “It’s a great idea, a great scheme, I can’t believe its taken this long to for someone to make the decision. It is extremely difficult to get an appointment in general at any time of day, let alone first thing or last thing” says Sam, Manager at IXL, Canary Wharf.

The 50 million project means Doctors and surgeries fit in around work and family life including school hours. The plan is also have said to not increase spending cuts as ‘money has been ‘kept aside’ since the 2008 banking crisis. It is not just extended hours, which are already being piloted in a few limited areas in the country; other options such as Skype and email are to be introduced to reduce the amount of patients needing to come to the surgery and using appointments when they can be examined online or over the phone. “It really will benefit those with youngsters as well, when you have children and one of them is sick, instead of dragging the entire family out of the house to sit in a waiting room for an hour you can just Skype your Doctor. It seems the UK in general is advancing with new technology, yet doctors surgeries seem to still be fairly far behind, this is a great step forward” says Emma, Receptionist at IXL, Canary Wharf.

Since 2004, around 4 million more people have used A&E, since the changes in GP contracts, putting huge stress on A&E departments. The change in GP surgery hours will mean less people unnecessarily travelling to A&E leaving more time for doctors in A&E to focus on seriously ill or hurt patients. “A few times in the last few years I have needed a GP appointment, however because they have been closed, or so busy I couldn’t get an appointment for weeks it became necessary for me to visit A&E, if the GP was open I would have made an appointment rather than taking up a space in the hospital queue” says Sam, Manager at IXL, Canary Wharf.

Overall, there are only positives that can come from extended GP hours. What do you think?
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