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GP 'rescue plan' rolled out amid face-to-face appointment criticism - but doctors deride 'insulting' initiative

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Patients in England will be given a new right to demand face-to-face appointments with their GP. And surgeries that fail to provide an appropriate level of “access” will be named and shamed in league tables, with patients being able to rate their GP practice's performance via a text message.

The new measures are part of an NHS rescue package worth millions of pounds, aimed at improving access to GPs. Practices that fail to provide the "appropriate" level of face-to-face appointments will not

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