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BMA and ambulance service call on government to delay roll out of non-emergency number 111

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 17 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1204
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

The BMA and the Ambulance Service Network have asked the government to put back the April 2013 deadline for the universal roll out of the non-emergency telephone number NHS 111 across England.

NHS 111 is intended to be a 24 hour helpline for urgent but not life threatening health problems and is being piloted in three areas: County Durham and Darlington; Luton; and the East Midlands (Nottingham and Lincolnshire). The telephone number is due to be rolled out nationally by April 2013, when it will replace NHS Direct.

In a letter to the health secretary for England, Andrew Lansley, the BMA makes it clear that it supports the principle behind …

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