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


Anonymous, these chronic disease clinics are run by practice nurses or health care assistantss adhering to strict protocols, they don't take any available gp appointments in our surgery, The problem is that the definition of an emergency has changed over the years and out of hours care is partly to blame for this, I often get letters rom out of hours for a patient attending after midnight for a minor illness such as a sore throat, The problem is there aren't enough appointments in a day to deal with increasing demand due to media driven health drives making the wborried well even more worried. I spent. Ten years working full nights and weekends then having to run full surgeries next day, this isn't sustainable for anyone and will lead to a workforce shortage as those who can retire will and other may leave altogether

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21 May 2013

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