Together with the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England has today published a blueprint for improving access to GP appointments for patients.

GP surgeries will be provided with additional funding to boost their capacity for face-to-face appointments as part of a major drive to support general practice and improve performance. The funding will also be used to tackle abuse against NHS staff.

The plan includes a £250 million winter access fund to improve the availability of GPs so that patients who need care can get it, often on the same day if needed. The funding will enable GP surgeries to employ locums and support from other healthcare professionals, such as physiotherapists and podiatrists. The winter access fund is in addition to £270 million invested over the last 11 months to expand capacity and support GPs.

Read the NHS England press release here