GPs should have more oversight of out of hours care, say leaders

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 09 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5013
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

General practitioners should have more of an oversight of out of hours services and work closer with local commissioners to ensure that the services provided are safe and of a good quality, doctors have told the government.

A panel of general practitioners and other healthcare staff met England’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, on 6 and 7 August at what were described as two “roundtable” events to discuss how the care of vulnerable older people can be improved.

The discussions are part of the government’s ongoing “Right care, right place, right time” consultation, which closes on 27 September, to help inform future policy from the perspective of general practice.

Michael Dixon, chairman of the NHS Alliance, which represents primary …

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