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Doctors' surgeries to offer out-of-hours appointments and Skype checkups

April 18, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Rowena Mason / The Guardian

One in 10 surgeries will take part in �50m scheme but Labour says things will continue to get worse for majority of patients

One in 10 surgeries are to offer patients the choice of seeing a GP at evenings and weekends, booking appointments online, receiving electronic prescriptions and having checkups over Skype, David Cameron will say on Monday.

The prime minister unveiled the �50m scheme in October amid fears that too many people are turning up to A&E when they cannot get appointments with their GP, putting too much pressure on emergency departments.

Doctors were invited to apply for funding, and demand for the money means seven million patients at more than 1,100 practices - rather than the 500,000 patients envisaged - will benefit from the trials from next month.

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