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13th April 2014

David Cameron plans 'personalised care' for older people in England and better access to GPs for 7 million people

Nearly a million elderly and vulnerable patients are to be given personalised care by their GPs including regular visits from doctors and nurses, the Prime Minister was set to announce today (April 13).

More than £400 million is being targeted at over 75s with long-term conditions to help them remain in their homes and prevent unnecessary admissions to accident and emergency departments.

Ministers want to shift care for older people from the “hospital to the home” in an attempt to ease pressure on struggling hospitals, especially A&E departments.

Under the plans 800,000 people with the most complex needs, almost all of whom are aged over 75, will be given personal care plans overseen by their GPs.

Doctors, nurses and other health care professionals will review the plans on a regular basis in an attempt to anticipate problems and prevent admission to hospitals.

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Daily TelegraphCameron plans more access to GPs and better care for elderly

Extended GP opening hours also on the agenda in England

David Cameron will also unveil plans to extend the opening hours of more than 1,000 GPs’ surgeries in the evening and at weekends and offer consultations by phone and on Skype, the video call service.

More than 7.5 million people in England will benefit from increased access to their GPs, including seven day opening and 8am to 8pm appointments. The opening hours are being extended using the £50 million GP access fund.

Read more on this story

BBC News: More than 7 million people to benefit from new GP opening hours

The Guardian: GP surgeries to open all hours in £50m reforms

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