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NHS Alliance says GPs should 'reclaim' OOH care

By Nigel Praities

GPs should be given back responsibility for out-of-hours care, according to plans to be revealed this week by the NHS Alliance.

The Alliance, which represents PCTs, GPs and patients in primary care, said current out of hours care was ‘madness', with patients confused about who to approach outside of practice hours.

Decisions about who provides what services should be made locally between practice-based commissioners, with the support from their PCTs, recommends the report.

‘The practice needs to be responsible for services – to join up care and ensure that patients do not fall between the gaps,' says the report.

The report also slams the Government's focus on GP opening hours, saying it risks widening health inequalities.

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