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GPs urgently need better leadership on out-of-hours


You GPs are hopeless. You do not see an opportunity when Jeremy Hunt presents you with one on a plate. He wants you to take back oversight of OOH care. (I, an octogenarian patient with multiple comorbidities, who assumed that a GP was there to give continuity of care, am shocked that you gave it up in 2005.) So, now is your chance to agree with him wholeheartedly and tell him how many extra doctors will be needed to do it. Clare Gerada has said 10,000. OK. Go for it. JH has offered you an open goal. But all you do is whinge, threaten to resign, put up straw dolls about working 72 hours at a stretch. Have you never heard of rotas, like ambulance men, fire-fighters, emergency doctors? Playing the victim has become the default setting for GPs. Snap out of it. I, the patient. rely on you to help me navigate the choppy seas of the NHS. Do not abandon me, as you did in 2005.

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01 Jul 2013

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