GP concerns over private deal grow
GPs in Cardiff say a mass meeting with the private firm set to take over out-of-hours in September has failed to ease fears over the quality of the service.
Around 60 GPs attended a meeting with Clinical Solutions UK Europe last week.
Dr Trevor Thompson, medical director of Cadoc – which lost out to Clinical Solutions for the contract – said GPs left the meeting worried over the company's heavy
reliance on nurse triage and fearing an increase in daytime demand.
'Doctors were very angry they could not get the answers they wanted,' he said. 'The company stressed it would be working in partnership and would use local GPs, but we don't know how many and have no confidence about working conditions. It's biz-arre and very worrying.'
Andrew Preston, business development manager at Clinical Solutions, said it was close to appointing a medical director and would have recruited GPs, including principals working shifts and full-time salaried positions, by the end of July.
He admitted the meeting did not go as well as he had hoped but said commercial sensitivities prevented him from revealing certain details to GPs.
'We will write to GPs in June,' he said. 'It seems some people were peeved Cadoc didn't win the contract, but they still want to participate.'