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Cameron Announces Program to Extend Family-Doctor Opening Hours

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Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) -- U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to extend the opening hours of family doctors’ practices to help patients attend appointments without missing work.

A 50 million-pound ($81 million) fund will be made available to family doctors, known in Britain as general practitioners, who want to apply to be among the first group to open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on weekends. They will also be encouraged to hold consultations using Skype and by phone.

“Millions of people find it hard to get an appointment to see their GP at a time that fits in with their work and family life,” Cameron said in an e-mailed statement. “We want to support GPs to modernize their services” along with “greater flexibility, so people can speak to their family doctor on the phone, send them an e-mail or even speak to them on Skype.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Thomas Penny in Manchester, England, at tpenny@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net

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