Simon Hughes said today that he is ‘absolutely delighted’ that Southwark is going to be one of the first pilots for the new Extended Primary Care Access funds announced by the Prime Minister in October 2013.
A Challenge Fun of £50 million was set aside by the government to help improve patient access to GP services last year and Southwark has been selected as one of only twenty pilots announced in the UK out of 250 expressions of interest.
“This is a tremendous tribute to hard-working GPs in my constituency. The successful bid by Southwark GPs and the out-of-hour providers SELDOC is going to mean that Southwark residents are going to be the first to benefit from extended GP opening hours and new ways of delivering care to patients.”
In an open letter Andrew Bland, Chief Officer of NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group, said that once the new services are up and running patients over 300,000 people in Southwark will be able to see a GP or nurse from 8am - 8pm, every day of the week, either at their own surgery or at another local ‘neighbourhood access clinic.' It is expected that four new “neighbourhood access clinics” will be open for business in Southwark by March 2015.