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Doctors are only ones to benefit from changes in out of hours care, say MPs

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 25 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1234
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    Changes to the provision for out of hours primary care in England were a costly mess that allowed GPs to “run laughing all the way to the bank,” it has been claimed in a parliamentary inquiry.

    MPs on the parliamentary Committee of Public Accounts, which held its inquiry into the provision of out of hours care in England last week, accused government witnesses giving evidence of allowing a change to how out of hours care is delivered that benefited only doctors.

    The one-off evidence session for the inquiry was prompted by the publication earlier this month of a report by the government's spending watchdog, the …

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