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Out-of-hours services 'broken' as single GP regularly covers 370,000 patients


Before everyone gets too heated here, some more information is needed. The facts are that contracts for both private and social enterprises are being cut to the bone. CCGs have to take some responsibility and as GPs, we are supposed to have some influence on them so dont be too quick to blame OOH providers. Yes , it is damn difficult to cover the overnights but in this case, the doctor did have the support of what I would imagine are ANPs, who provide excellent triage support. The use of the number of patients covered is a bit sly as well. How many calls per hours? How many visits per shift? You could cover a million patients but if you are only getting 2 contacts per hour then the coverage number is irrelevant. Let's not make a crisis in OOHs what with indemnity costs , rising patient demand and changes in the primary care workforce and specifically their change in priorities, much worse by ill informed propaganda.

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08 Sep 2016

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