Emergency referral letters from deputising doctors need to be improved

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7041.1304 (Published 18 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1304
  1. John Wright,
  2. Neeraj Prasad,
  3. Graham Dalrymple
  1. Locum, staff grade Department of Accident and Emergency, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley PA2 9PN
  2. Registrar in cardiology Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow G21 3UW
  3. General practitioner Abbey Medical Centre, Paisley

    EDITOR,—Clearly, the service provided out of hours by general practitioners must be restructured if it is to remain of high quality. Various options are being considered, including cooperatives and overnight medical centres. In their survey Val Lattimer and colleagues found that general practitioners were keen to try these options.1 The new agreement gives doctors the opportunity to transfer their out of hours responsibility to a deputising service.2 This service will still be needed, no matter which options become established. …

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