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Time for GPs to speak up on out-of-hours

Six months ago it appeared, in American parlance, to be a 'no brainer' ­ at least for the vast majority of GPs.

Why would any sensible person not want to reclaim their evenings, nights and weekends when they are being pushed to breaking point during the day? But the nearer practices get to kissing goodnight to out-of-hours care the more doubts begin to nag.

What about the quality of the service? What about the impact on in-hours? What about

co-ops? What about pensions? What about public perception? What about the cost? What about the local health economy?

It's because of these questions that this week we publish a special report on out-of-hours care and invite you to share your views via our survey.

As our report underlines, the change will have an impact way beyond the hours of darkness.

It is time for GPs to have their say.

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