Gordon Brown’s plans for GP reform win backing of CBI

CBI director-general Richard Lambert has spoken of his satisfaction with prime minister Gordon Brown’s plans for GP reform.

Brown pledged in his inaugural speech to the Labour Party Conference as prime minister to make it easier for working people to see family doctors.

The CBI last week warned that millions of working days were being lost each year because people had to see GPs in the middle of the day.

Brown told delegates the government would make GP hours more friendly to families, create opportunities for people to see a GP near work as well as home, and expand walk-in centres and medical services at pharmacies as well as ensure a better service from NHS Direct.

Lambert then told Personnel Today in Bournemouth: “I thought what Gordon Brown said about GPs was good. It followed roughly what we said last week so I welcome it.”

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