GPs being made scapegoats for A&E pressures, says BMA

Source: BBC

The doctors’ union, the BMA, has accused the government of making GPs in England scapegoats for the pressure on A&E departments.

The government says GPs must try harder to stay open from 08:00 to 20:00, seven days a week, so fewer patients are forced to seek care at hospitals.

It warned GPs risk losing extra funding if they fail to meet their commitments to longer surgery opening times.

But the BMA and Labour said underfunding of the NHS was to blame.

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