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More than £500m investment for GP appointments

More than £500m investment for GP appointments

The Department of Health has announced an extra £550m of funding to improve access to GPs.

Posted: 31 March 2015

The money will be used to modernise GP surgeries and improve out-of-hospital care.

It is claimed by March 2016, 18m people will be offered more evening, weekend, video, email and telephone consultations - equal to 8,000 more appointments every day.

Greater access to pharmacists, nurses and speech therapists will also be available from local GP surgeries as part of the funding.

An extra £100m has been added onto the original £50m Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund. Of the remaining £450m, £250m is part of a four-year £1bn pay packet to improve GP infrastructures, with £200m to be used by the 29 vanguards announced by NHS England in March 2015.

It is claimed extra investment in the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund will support almost 1,500 practices in the country with 10m more people offered “increased” access to GP services.

From the £250m infrastructure fund, £10m will be put towards a GP workforce plan, enabling GPs to return from a career break and being working in general practice more easily.