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Out of hours GP services are criticised after death of patient

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 31 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1130
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Gordon Brown has said that patients need better cover from GPs at night time and weekends, after a report into a woman's death was published. The report criticised new arrangements for out of hours care, which, it said, led to confusion over exactly what level of care is expected outside normal practice hours.

    Penny Campbell, from Islington, north London, died from septicaemia at the age of 41 at the end of the Easter bank holiday in March 2005, after she had had contact with eight doctors from Camidoc, an out of hours service provider to four boroughs in north London.

    Camidoc commissioned an independent investigation into Ms Campbell's death, which has been overseen by a panel made up of representatives from Camidoc and the four primary care trusts that commission the service.

    The panel's report found that Camidoc was ill prepared for the increase in its responsibilities that came …

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