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GPs to open over Easter after NHS 111 collapse adds to 'increased demand'


*GPs* might - or might not - be able to cancel Bank Holiday (and future weekend) plans - but will their staff be as willing? And did the offer of "three times the normal rate" mean that the PCT (for Easter Sunday) and CCG (for Easter Monday) had agreed to paying staff at the same enhanced rate? Presumably any payments before midnight on the 31st would be charged to the PCT: I hope that arrangements were in place to bill a non-existant organisation, both for this and other payments due for services performed prior to the abolition of PCTs. It does seem to me that pushing through a service where the problems have been apparent in many areas (we don't know about Cambridgeshire) on a Bank Holiday and coinciding with the complete reorganisation of the NHS and responsibilities for OOH might, in retrospect, be regarded as reckless... and not having contingency plans in place plain bad management on the part of the Department demanding this,

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01 Apr 2013

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