The NHS in south and east Leeds is investing an extra £2million to help GP practices offer extra appointments over the next two years.
NHS Leeds South and East Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which plans and funds health care in the area, is investing the funds through the Quality Improvement Scheme to help GPs access additional funding from April 2016.
The funds will be offered if practices provide extra GP and nursing appointments outside of normal hours and offer services to support those with long-term conditions like lung disease.
The scheme follows the roll out of extra opening hours during winter, which is also backed by the CCG.
Dr Andy Harris, the CCG’s chief clinical officer, said: “We know that challenges exist in primary care and that we are not always meeting expectations, such as getting through on the phone or having enough staff to manage appointments.
“However, with our support, GP practices in south and east Leeds are working hard to make improvements not just to access but to support patients with multiple long term health conditions.
“By investing in these broad scheme of improvements we want to help people manage their health conditions better locally and to stay fit and well for as long as possible.”