9 out of 10 GP practices in Wales are now offering early evening appointments, new figures published today show.
Figures for 2011 indicate that 93 per cent of GP practices now offer appointments between 5.00pm and 6.30pm at least two week nights per weeks.
Increasing access to GPs is a key commitment in the Welsh Government’s Programme for Government.
Today’s figures also show:
- almost two thirds (63%) of GP practices offer appointments between 5.00pm and 6.30pm five days per week;
- 14% of practices offered appointments before 08:30 on at least two week mornings per week;
- 11% of practices offered appointments after 18:30 on at least one week night per week.
Lesley Griffiths said:
"GPs in Wales are working hard to ensure they meet the needs of patients within their local area.
"Today’s figures show that in line with our commitment to improve access to GPs, more patients are able to see their doctor at a time more convenient for them.
"However, we understand there is still more to be done to ensure we deliver our commitment of improved access to GP services. More work needs to be done in relation to access to early morning appointments, particularly in rural areas for people who have long commutes.
"From April 2013, the focus will be on extended opening and access to appointments after 18.30pm."