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The Department of Health is responsible for out-of-hours care, not GPs


oh gosh sorry ms /mr anonymous - I do not blame patients - I do blame the QOF for as you say, needless trips for many patients - esp patients with two or three conditions. Many people get little benefit - but we are told to do it. But out of hours - there are many people who will only call the doctor if they think they are seriously unwell. But many others don't. With walk in centres, NHS 24, 111, the problem is that patients get moved about without continuity and end up with a worse deal. And this has gone unchallenged - rather than the government saying this isn't a good direction of travel- it has been allowed to get worse. I think it makes it even more difficult for people who are very sick out of hours as they have to get through a system where most other people are not as seriously unwell. I think everyone loses in the current system, basically

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21 May 2013

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