This site is intended for health professionals only

At the heart of general practice since 1960

Out-of-hours shut down due to shortage of GPs

Out of hours services in Glasgow and Clyde have had to shut down services at short notice over the holidays due to a shortage of GPs.

NHS Glasgow has been forced to centralise services, use more nurse practitioners and enhance pay rates in an attempt to cope with the shortage of GPs and keep services open.

NHS Glasgow told Pulse that during the holiday period in particular, it was difficult to ‘fully staff’ its primary care emergency centres,

An NHS Glasgow spokesperson said: ‘Despite the assistance we get from GPs, including the support of many who come in at short notice, we have had to make short notice closures of centres when we do not have GP cover. The GP out-of-hours service remains under pressure to staff all GP rotas.’

In an attempt to relieve the pressure on its out-of-hours services, NHS Glasgow is now using a team of nurse practitioners who can see, treat and discharge patients and also perform a home visits.

The Scottish Government announced plans in April to trial a plan to give nurse practitioners a significantly enhanced role in out-of-hours care, as part of a £10 million investment in urgent GP services.

Nurse practitioners have been given an enhanced role in out-of-hours services across Glasgow and Clyde, as well as Fife, Highland, Lanarkshire and Grampian in a bid to ease the workload for GPs.

Elsewhere in the UK, out of hours services are being centralised in a bid to save cash. Earlier this month a rural out-of-hours service in Devon closed after NHS managers struck a deal for a single provider to deliver 111 and out-of-hours services in the area,




Readers' comments (24)

  • What will happen is that the nurse practitioners will do the job for half the price. Fair play to them. Soon nurse practitioners and pharmaceutical practitioners will take the place of locum and salaried gps who will not buy into the financial and management responsibilities of gp partnership and yet charge twice as much as the NPs and pharmacists

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Buy cheap pay twice

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Dr Swinyard says he will do the shifts for £1800 per diem. I hereby state that I will undercut him by offering my services for £1799. Freelancing GPs should be exposed to the cold winds of competition.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • This comment has been removed by the moderator.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • chickens clucking rapidly back to roost...

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • So, are they in breach of contract and being served a notice for such? Ah, no, North of the border.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • another crack appears in the slow but inevitable collapse of the failing English (ex)nhs.
    time for NHSE to be disbanded and taken ove rby eg nhs Scotland--who have more common sense and intelligence in one finge rhtna the entire NHSE..who are delusional out of touch swivel eyes nutjobs in thrall to a practically insane (or very allegedly corrupt)government.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • actually I have made a fool of myself last entry as it IS Scotland!
    theory in flames
    good thing anon.
    I will slip off..............

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • pay peanuts ....get monkeys

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Get the NHS Twinned with Football and the public will pay anything

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

View results 10 results per page20 results per page50 results per page

Have your say