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'Mr Hunt is spouting figures which are not true': Dr Laurence Buckman on out-of-hours reform

Watch an exclusive video interview with GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman at the 2013 LMCs conference

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  • Buckman has it right. Having responsibility for 24 hour care of patients is fine as long as it is properly resourced. Some colleagues are suggesting fighting the wrong battle. Patients trust GPs to get it right and make sure care is of a good quality. The battle we need to fight is not whether we should have 24 hour responsibility for the care of our patients but by taking this back for the good of our patients we expect primary care to be properly funded. That is the right battle and one which is politically harder to repel. For instance anything less than £200 per hour for an overnight shift is unrealistic. There will be less OOH contacts if daytime consultations were 15 minutes long. That needs more GPs and more resources. We should be arguing with figures and facts not bleating about how hard we work, it sounds like self interest to everybody else

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