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GPC Wales has urged practices to examine their availability to patients and said practices that close for half a day should consider staying open.
Dr David Bailey, GPC Wales chairman, said that since the GMS contract came into operation in 2004, 'it is difficult to justify a half-day closure'.
He said the recommendations were 'political issues' and GPs should consider services from a patient's viewpoint to ensure practices are responsive to their needs and expectations.
'If GPs and practices do not make themselves available and ensure access to services, governments may alter regulations to ensure practices comply with a more rigid GMS contract in the …