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GP out-of-hours services highly rated despite pressures, finds CQC


I strongly disagree that OOH primary care is unsafe. If GP practices honestly reported serious incidents the number reported would rise significantly. Often OOH are better at recognising and reporting SI s suggesting good governance and openness Some commissioners in my experience demand SIs are reported that do not fit the criteria stating that have ‘local criteria’ This inflates the OOH SIs reported. For experienced clinicians OOH is a rewarding safe working environment free of the CQC and the onerous work of a GP partner with better remuneration Sure the hours are anti social but the work is fascinating and at last we see some of the simple as well as complex consultations Better IT links to GP records would improve safety further. For once I have to agree with the CQC ratings

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13 Sep 2018

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