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Out of hours services are not facing a crisis, minister says

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 15 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:132
  1. Karen Hebert
  1. BMJ

    Changes to out of hours services should not cause a mass exodus of GPs from out of hours work. Nor should it effect emergency departments or care by GPs in normal hours, health minister John Hutton told MPs last week.

    Mr Hutton was being questioned by the House of Commons Health Committee in the second session of its inquiry into GPs' out of hours services. Previous witnesses had expressed fears over the “potential crisis” in out of hours services when responsibility is transferred to primary care trusts (BMJ 2004;329:13).

    Responding to the …

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