BMA and ambulance service call on government to delay roll out of non-emergency number 111BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1204 (Published 17 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1204
- Ingrid Torjesen
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 …