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Doctors get new set of medical standards

Patients have got used to changes to out-of-hours care and are content not to

see their regular GP for a

night or weekend consultation.

Just over three-quarters of patients said they found it acceptable to see a GP out-of-hours who was not their regular doctor.

GPs said the result tallied with their experiences of patients using out-of-hours services.

Dr Alex Yeates, founder of MedDoc co-op and a GP in Rochester, Kent, said people phoning the out-of-hours service did not care who they saw as long as that doctor made them better.

Dr Fay Wilson, medical director of Birmingham-based co-op BADGER, said she was surprised almost one in four people still thought it was not acceptable not to see their own GP.

'I think there is a general recognition among the public that if there is a shortage of doctors you can't have them driving around all over the place in cars.'

Dr John O'Donoghue, chair of Cleveland LMC, said: 'People have a lot more common-sense than politicians give them credit for.'

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