UK GPs vote against taking back responsibility for out of hours care

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 28 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3469
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

UK general practitioners (GPs) have overwhelmingly rejected a call to consider taking back 24 hour responsibility for out of hours medical provision, following a debate at the annual conference of local medical committees in London.

In an emergency debate announced to discuss health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s proposed changes to out of hours care, representatives were asked to consider a motion accepting that GPs should take back responsibility if important guarantees were met, including all funding from the NHS 111 urgent care helpline being transferred to out of hours care, and private companies being blocked from running services.

But the motion was overwhelmingly defeated after a succession of impassioned speeches from the floor, in …

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