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Hunt: The challenge is to rethink the role of primary care


Surely Jeremy Hunt should be talking about 'poor out of hours care' rather than 'poor out of hours GP services'? Many if not most GPs have nothing whatsoever with organising and delivering OOH care, so to imply that GPs are responsible/guilty is thoroughly inappropriate. He is of course right in saying that this change was brought about by the Labour government. Perhaps he might care to remind people that GPs were all told at the time that 'if we gave up OOH responsiblility we were never going to be allowed to take it back again' - the implication being that the then Labour government clearly thought that personalised GP OOH services were dreadful.Then they found out just how expensive it was to do it commercially, and just what it did to standards, too. It's not the GPs' fault, Mr Hunt - it's the politicians, and the DH, who have consistently ignored GPs' collective wisdom. And I for one object strongly to being blamed by implication for the 'poor quality of OOH'. I have nothing whatsoever to do with it: it's the fault of the Labour politicians, and their advisers at the DH.

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25 Apr 2013

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