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Almost a quarter are unhappy with the hours their GP practice offers

It seems a point of pride that only 77% are happy with the hours their GP offers.

At least that how it seemed when health minister Norman Lamb answered a parliamentary question about GP services.

Surely this marks a particular lack of ambition in what is classed as good.

In fact it could be a lot worse. This figure is based on the GP patient satisfaction survey. You will only have been able to participate in this survey if you are regsietered with a GP in the period it covers.

Men are 20% less likely to visit a GP and less likely to be registered with a GP.

GP practice hours a real problem for you? Hours so bad there's no point in being registered? Not been to the GP for so long that you've been 'cleaned' from the list? You were not asked.

Perhaps we could create services that meet men's needs. We could even work with men to find out what these might be. Something like we have done in Lambeth & Southwark and in Haringey.