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Local doctors forced to work over Christmas Bank Holidays to palliate vigour on stretched A&E departments

GPs will be forced to offer appointments on Christmas Day and Boxing Day Bank Holidays this winter in plans to cut delays at AEs.

Patients will also be means to book weekend and dusk consultations under proposals to extend opening hours.

 Doctors will have to work additional hours this winter
Doctors will have to work additional hours this winter

The plans have been drawn up by internal AE play in some regions of England.

But doctors’ leaders advise they have not had adequate funding.

Dr Richard Vautrey, from the British Medical Association, warned: “Practices have little or no gangling ability to understanding with a critical influenza conflict or additional mandate on their services.”

None of the 18 plans analysed by GP repository Pulse fact any additional appropriation for primary care.

 Dr Richard Vautrey from the BMA says practices are using out of cash and resources
Dr Richard Vautrey from the BMA  says practices are using out of cash and resources

AEs had the misfortune winter on record last year, with almost 200,000 patients watchful some-more than the four-hour target.

NHS England pronounced they support primary caring and that “local winter strait plans are just that — internal decisions”.

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