The GP who runs the body that buys Windsor's medical services has said the '10 minute' rule covering the recommended time doctors give to their patients needs to be rethought.

Doctor Adrian Hayter made his comments at a meeting of the Royal Borough's Health and Welfare Board held at Maidenhead Town Hall on Tuesday.

He is a GP based in Old Windsor and long term clinical chairman of the Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which buys medical services for the borough.

He was talking about plans to update CCG operations and said a top priority should be giving more time for some patients who came for a consultation.

He said: "Residents still have lots of confidence in local practices but the issue of how we provide access has changed as demand increased over the last 20 years.

"We can't do things the same way as we did 10 years ago. Some older people do need more than 10 minutes and we are working at ways to provide more time to specific groups of people that need it."

He said the introduction of a seven day service through using St Mark's hospital in Maidenhead and King Edward in Windsor was helping.

Mark Sanders from the consumers' organisation Healthwatch at Bracknell Forest acknowledged that it might be necessary to dissuade people who did not need to, from taking up GP's time.

He said: "Are we being too nice instead of saying 'no, you want to see the wrong person'."