All GP sufferers in England will be provided an appointment within two weeks under plans to enhance entry to care this winter, Health Secretary Therese Coffey will announce.

As a part of her “Plan for Patients” set to be unveiled within the House of Commons on Thursday, Ms Coffey will vow to free up a million appointments per year by using further surgical procedure employees to ease the burden on GPs.

New phone techniques will be rolled out from November to guarantee sufferers aren’t minimize off if there’s no-one accessible to take their call, whereas extra cellphone traces will be opened to stop the every day 8am scramble for appointments.

Practices will additionally publish appointments data for the primary time, permitting sufferers to see how their GP practice is performing in contrast to other native surgical procedures.

NHS Digital figures present that 15 per cent – 3.9 million – of the 25.9 million GP appointments made in England in August occurred at least two weeks after the appointment was made.

The plan will additionally embrace altering funding guidelines to recruit further help employees for GPs, together with GP assistants and extra superior nurse practitioners. It will not be clear how a lot money will be made accessible.

Health officers imagine that 1.2 million appointments each year could be dealt with by surgical procedure employees.

GP assistants perform administrative duties and may perform fundamental scientific duties, whereas superior nurse practitioners are registered nurses with further {qualifications} who can help deal with sufferers.

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