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Exit out-of-hours stage left


Sadly - even if out of hours paid all indemnity and double the current hourly rate - the risk and stresses involved will not attract many back to the fold of Out of hours care. It is so badly staffed, it makes you laugh, and that was when it is fully staffed! The endless procession of 'private' providers who are all looking to make a quick buck from running the service - are simply pulling out cash, and swapping doctors for allied professionals, and now dipping into unqualified staff reading from protocols on computers. They are no longer running a OOH service but instead running it into the ground. It is not all their fault, but the DOH has funded the service so poorly in the past, that reinventing the wheel so many times has led to it falling off. 111 is the straw that may break in hours primary care - as well as OOH, if they keep pushing the stupidity of letting 111 directly book into surgery appointments - as almost nothing they send my way or to A&E is of concern, and the ones they don't occasionally turn out to be potential disasters. Not the fault of the poor operators, but google doc/protocols are no replacement for a GP who knows his a75e from his elbow.

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06 Feb 2018

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