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More GPs for north-west

26th June 2007

Patients across the north-west of England are to get more GPs, according to new plans announced by the Department of Health.

The programme is expected to benefit 55,000 people in the region, giving them better access to a GP and more choice about where they receive treatment.

Areas to benefit in the coming months include Ashton Leigh, Wigan, Bolton, East Lancashire, Manchester and Trafford, all of which have fewer GPs than the national average.

Andy Burnham, health minister, said: "GPs are largely providing a good service, but there are still areas where NHS patients cannot rely on traditional practices.

"We want to continue to help the NHS plug these remaining gaps by introducing these new services, reducing the pressure on existing practices and giving patients the choice they deserve.

"This is yet another step towards delivering our pledge made in January 2006, in the White Paper, Our Health, Our Care, Our Say, to establish a national procurement programme addressing the health inequalities in the most under-doctored areas throughout England."