Expecting GP surgeries to open between 8am and 8pm every day is an immoral misuse of scarce NHS resources that could damage patients’ health, a leading family doctor has said.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the British Medical Association’s GPs committee, also said being forced to allow just 10 minutes for each patient appointment was “neither humane nor defensible”.
In a strongly worded attack on the government’s drive to make family doctors more accessible at weekends as part of a seven-day NHS, Nagpaul said: “We must reject the immorality of taking GPs away from caring for acutely ill patients to sit in empty surgeries superfluous to need.”
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