Keep out of OOH, GPC told
GPs have rejected a motion expressing concern over the increased costs and decline in quality of out-of-hours care since GPs opted out of 24-hour responsibility.
LMC representatives voted that it was no longer appropriate for the GPC to clarify the functions of out-of-hours services and how they should be used.
If the GPC issued guidance to practices about what should be provided out-of-hours, or called for practices to be allowed to organise out-of-hours care for their own patients, it would send the wrong message to the Government, they resolved.
Dr Preston de Mendonca from Devon LMC urged the conference to vote against the motion. 'We as a profession have voted against out-of-hours and now it is only peripherally our concern.
'We need to send a clear message now that we and our families are free and are never going back.'
Dr Nev Bradley of Wirral LMC said GPs should not relinquish the concession negotiators had won in removing GPs' responsibility for 24-hour care.
He warned that the Government was trying to 'wheedle' GPs back into doing out-of-hours. Informing patients on how to use the services was now the Government's job.