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Government announces new GPs for under-doctored areas

26th November 2007

The Department of Health has announced that under-doctored areas in England are to receive new GP practices as part of government plans to deal with long-existing disparities in the provision of family doctors nationwide.

In total, 38 primary care trusts deemed to have the poorest provision of GPs will initially benefit from the three-year plans to provide 100 new GP practices.

The government expressed hopes that these new practices will build capacity in areas displaying the most need, while also offering patients novel services, from extended practice boundaries to longer opening hours.

Alan Johnson, health secretary, said: “Improving access to primary care is a key priority if we are to deliver more personalised care that meets the needs of individuals and communities, especially those in more disadvantaged or deprived areas.”

He added that there exists a link between poor public health within a community and fewer numbers of GP surgeries, while these proposals offering opportunities for the independent sector, social enterprises and entrepreneurial GPs.

Last week, a questionnaire published in the Guardian revealed that a majority of family GPs planned to ignore government plans to put electronic patient records onto a single national database without explicit consent from patients.

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