At the moment, due to the lack of clarity, the decision lies in the hands of the doctor. This is the exact reverse of what the situation should be.
There is no evidence that patients are demanding that surgeries be open at weekends.
Ministers are not suggesting that GP surgeries open all hours over weekends to sort out routine issues, but that the workload of urgent cases is more evenly distributed.
Doctors need a moratorium on change to let them catch their breath. But with votes to win, the urge to make unrealisable promises is too great to resist.
The smartest public health move would be encouraging lifestyles that delay dementia, rather than diagnosing the untreatable when it arrives.
In April, we will be able to book GP and hospital appointments online, and have access to a summary of our GP record. Imagine a time when you can skype your GP…
It’s only there because political gain trumped clinical priorities.