Scots GPs set to sever links to NHS 24
A GP co-operative has threatened to cut its links with Scotland's NHS 24 unless the nurse helpline improves.
The co-op accused the service of generating extra work for its GPs, A&E departments and the ambulance service.
Moray Doctors on Call Service (Moraydocs) will sever links with NHS 24 the Scottish equivalent of NHS Direct next month unless the service stops giving inappropriate
On one occasion a GP was sent on a home visit to see a patient with anxiety. On another a nurse advised the family of a terminally ill patient who wanted advice on pain relief to call an ambulance.
Co-op board member Dr Donald Brown, a GP in Elgin, said: 'Ambulances are being sent to collect people who do not need ambulances, people are being sent to A&E and GPs are being sent on house calls when phone advice would have been sufficient. The general feeling is that we do not want NHS 24 we want to get rid of it.'
Co-op chair Dr Janis Tait, a GP in Fochabers, Moray, said a mentoring and training programme for NHS 24 nurses would be set up.