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Exhausted GPs won't work on call

Out-of-hours care is a very difficult area indeed ('Regulator's warning over GP out-of-hours care').

I now don't work out of hours, basically because I am so exhausted by the demands of the job in-hours.

To entice back GPs to this work there needs to be some level of integration between in-hours and out-of-hours services. Out-of-hours cover will only attract experienced GPs if it is not extra work over and above what they are doing now. This is a problem that requires some lateral thinking and the solution is not to expect exhausted GPs to fill the gap.

From Dr Mark Cathcart, Belfast

Out-of-hours GPs

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