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GPs reluctant to cover out of hours work, survey shows

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:247
  1. Nadeeja Koralage
  1. BMJ

    Just half of GPs will work out of hours under new contracts, according to a survey questioning more than 1000 doctors. Published in Pulse magazine, the survey also says 62% of GPs believe patients will be less safe when primary care organisations take over night and weekend cover.

    The new contracts are designed to halt the recruitment crisis in general practice and benefit the lives of family doctors. But, according to Pulse, GPs said using more nurses, pharmacists, and paramedics to aid the primary care organisations and reduce costs could …

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