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Out of hours demand is higher in Wales than in England and Scotland

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 11 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1224
  1. Bryan John, general practitioner (
  1. Health Centre, Briton Ferry, Neath, Wales SA11 2SF

    EDITOR—Contact rates for out of hours services are greater in Wales than in England and Scotland. Statistics gathered by two south Wales cooperatives based in Gwent and Neath Port Talbot show that the workload is considerably higher than that indicated by Salisbury et al.1

    The Gwent cooperative covers a population of 116 040 patients and 56 doctors and the Neath cooperative 95 000 patients and 52 doctors. The number of patient contacts/1000 patients/year in 1999 was 204 …

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