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Chair's statement on stocktake of access to General Practice in England

27 November 2015

A statement from Meg Hillier MP, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts:

"There is currently an unacceptable postcode lottery for access to general practice. Patients from white ethnic backgrounds or from more affluent areas are more likely to be able to get an appointment than those from other ethnic groups or from deprived areas.

Good access to general practice is essential to helping reduce pressure on an already stretched NHS. An estimated 5.8 million people ended up attending A&E or walk-in-centres in 2012-13 because they could not get an appointment with their GP, costing the NHS up to £103 more per appointment each time."

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