Drop in to the doctor as you shop

Doctors' surgeries could soon be found at high street shops

If shopping induced back pain is driving you mad, you might soon be able to get it checked out at in-store GP surgeries.

Ministers are considering plans to locate GP clinics close to shops, offices and gyms to make access to healthcare easier.

The proposals have come after the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said millions of working days are being lost to days off for GP visits, at a cost of £1 billion to the economy.

Health Minister, Sir Ara Darzi, is to meet bosses from Boots, Lloyds Pharmacy, Tesco and Virgin to discuss the prospect of ‘satellite surgeries’, which, it is hoped, will be run by the stores for the NHS.

The CBI also says patients should be able to register at more than one surgery, so they can see a GP near their work.

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