Magazine article Public Finance

CBI Joins in the Criticism of GP Opening Hours

Magazine article Public Finance

CBI Joins in the Criticism of GP Opening Hours

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The British Medical Association has accused the CBI of self-interest after the business organisation claimed that GP services were outdated' and placed an unnecessary burden on employers.

The CBIs September 18 report, Just what the patient ordered, claimed that restricted GP opening hours and limited services meant that last year, four times as many working days were lost due to employee GP attendances as were lost to industrial action.

Its research found that one in three adults say they find it 'fairly' or Very' difficult to get a GP appointment at a convenient time.

But Laurence Buckman, chair of the BMAs GPs committee, hit back, saying: 'If employees lose time from work to see their doctor, it is either because they are ill and need care or because their employer has insisted they get a sick note even for a temporary illness which has passed. …

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