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GPs expected to provide 24/7 'decision support' under proposed out-of-hours revamp

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Yes, I think I may have to resign and locum instead. I could go off abroad for a while and see what happens. Perhaps if enough of us do that then is there a chance the politicians realise what they are destroying? The trouble with OOH is that it simply extends opening hours. Many OOH doctors don't think they can send people away to go back to their GP, so they complete the episode and there is no education of the patient. The other problem is that A&E doctors and managers are too scared to refuse to see people, and send them back to more appropriate care at their GP or pharmacist. The fear of people's complaints is a big problem, and unfortunately, free services are not valued and are easily abused. Actually, some robust defence of GPs and senior A&E doctors so we can be backed up to tell people to go away, would really help the whole service. How about starting a public debate about what should actually be expected of A&E, and a deliberate extension of A&E waits for minors to 10 hours.....

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22 Jun 2013

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5:47pm

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