It's gone 6.30pm, you've just finished work and you want to see a GP. For many years this would have been impossible, but moves are being made to address the situation. Last week, Huntingdonshire doctors posed the question of how they could extend their hours and ensure a quality service. ANGELA SINGER finds out what the problems are and what's being done. THE DOCTOR DOCTORS were being rail-roaded into a change in their hours in the same way that the police were obliged to accept their pay deal, Ramsey GP Dr Patrick Byrne believes. A doctor at Ramsey Health Centre, he was one of more than 100 doctors attending a meeting at Wood Green on Thursday called by the BMA (British Medical Association) and the Cambridgeshire Medical Committee (a mediation body) to discuss the changes. The meeting was looking at how doctors could protest against the way the changes are being proposed, but events were overtaken on Friday when the General Practitioner Committee of the BMA decided to accept one of the Government's proposals. Doctors will still be able to have their say during a poll to be organised by the BMA, but it is looking more likely that they will have to 'accept the better of two bad proposals'. The Government is calling on doctors to open their surgeries in the evenings and on Saturday mornings - giving greater access to patients. However, among doctors, the proposals are seen as unworkable, and do not look at all of the access problems patients can have - daytime access on weekdays is not mentioned. Some surgeries in Huntingdonshire had been negotiating with the primary care trust and patient groups to work out a way of giving patients greater access. They believe the Government ruined this process and replaced it with political spin, rather than patient welfare. Dr Byrne told The Hunts Post that GP practices had accepted that changes would inevitably happen - the Government wants the changes introduced by April 1 - but there is contention about how.