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Dorset GPs Can Bid For Share Of £100m

Doctor listening to patients heart

1:22pm 29th October 2014

GPs in Dorset can now bid for a share of £100m worth of funding to improve access to their services for patients.

Priority is being given to places where practices are opening for longer such as 8am-8pm weekdays and at weekends.

It's part of the second wave of Prime Minister's 'Challenge Fund' which is looking to spread innovation and learning between GPs in the country.

Mike Bewick, NHS England's Deputy Medical Director, said: "Even more patients across the country will now be able to see their family doctor in the most convenient way for them and at a more convenient time.

People who struggle to find a GP appointment to fit in with family and work life can now make the most of new technologies."

The 20 successful wave one pilots were launched in April, as part of a £50m fund announced by the Prime Minister, and began to mobilise with early preparatory work including the development of back office functions.

A wide variety of ideas are now being trialled including 8am-8pm working, better use of telecare and health apps, access to appointments through e-mail and Skype, and greater flexibility with face-to-face access.

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