So, GPs will be working evenings and weekends. They must be thrilled.
I was pretty puzzled at the prominence this story got, and they way it was claimed as some big victory for "consumers". Now sick people can see doctors at a time that best suits them, apparently. Who are these people, that are sick enough to need a doctor but well enough to wait until Saturday?
Perhaps part of the answer lies in this morning's news that Reckitt Benckiser plotted to prevent the manufacture of generic copies of an out-of-patent drug, in order to hold up its price. Had the price come down, the NHS could have saved millions of pounds. The drug? Gaviscon. That's right, Gaviscon the heartburn remedy. The one that sends a fireman in your tummy.
Once I'd finished boggling on the fact that the NHS a) prescribes heartburn medicine and b) spends millions of pounds doing so, the link to GPs' opening hours became clear. There must be many, many people up and down the country stuffing down their dinners a bit too quickly in the evening, and consequently suffering a bit of reflux. Clearly those people can't wait! They need the immediate care of a doctor, ideally one with a small spoon and bottle of magnesium hydroxide. How could we not demand extended hours for doctors. Some of those people may even be feeling a bit bloated.
Thank heaven they need no longer suffer in silence.