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BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 25 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1364
  1. Linda Beecham

    GPs are disappointed at review body on out of hours

    The Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body has failed to produce a supplementary report giving the value of general practitioners' out of hours work, but it has agreed to “a broad ranging appraisal.” This will start immediately, will be funded by the review body, and will be available in time for the 1997 report. As a result of the survey and further evidence from the government and the profession the review body will decide whether it is possible to put a notional price on out of hours work and responsibility.

    At its February meeting the General Medical Services Committee had called for a report by the middle of May (24 February, p 465) and many speakers at last week's meeting were disappointed that this had not appeared. They were worried how the failure would be perceived in the profession and at the local medical committee conference in June. Dr Peter Fellows (Gloucester) believed that the government had diffused the situation by agreeing to the £45m development funding for out of hours services. He believed that in hours work should be priced.

    But Dr Brian Gibbons (Port Talbot) said that he was not surprised that the review body did not want to drink at the poisoned chalice of pricing out of hours. “It will be impossible to come up with a figure that will be acceptable throughout the country,” he said. The review body was asked for a price for individual doctors; out of hours was becoming a suprapractice activity.

    One of the deputy chairmen, Dr Judy Gilley, agreed that …

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