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Rural Scotland needs innovative solutions to deliver out of hours care

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 27 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2291
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

    Serious shortcomings have been identified in out of hours services to rural and remote parts of Scotland since family doctors were allowed, in 2004, to opt out of providing 24 hour care.

    A report from the Scottish parliament’s health committee says that trust and confidence in current services “has clearly been lost” and urges NHS boards to work with local communities to develop solutions.

    The report was prompted by complaints from several remote communities across Scotland that they have been left with little or no medical cover at night and at …

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