A LACK of doctors and exhaustion from daily pressures is preventing many GP surgeries from providing an out-of-hours
service, a new survey has revealed.
BMA Cymru Wales says out-of-hours
working needs to become more attractive for GPs so it can be fit for the future.
A ground-breaking pilot scheme will see two specialist paramedics supporting the region's out-of-hours
A total of 10 million will be available next year to fund a National Delivery Plan to transform urgent care in the next step to take forward the recommendations of Sir Lewis Ritchies Review of out-of-hours
A TROUBLE-HIT out-of-hours
service had just one GP providing emergency cover for almost a million people.
care on the NHS is "fragile" and will get worse without a radical overhaul, a review of the health service in Scotland has found.
ACOMMONS inquiry has criticised poor management of GP out-of-hours
services, as it emerged four in ten patients in Birmingham and the Black Country do not know how to contact a GP out of office hours.
The same survey found that in both areas, 59% of users said they knew how to access out-of-hours
services, while 41% said they did not.
Researchers analysed data from almost 570,000 responses to the 2011/12 English general practice patient survey to see why people used out-of-hours
doctors have warned that patients asking for repeat prescriptions on weekends and evenings are taking their time away from urgent cases.
Dr Ravi Sondhi, an out-of-hours
doctor, is accused by the NHS of withdrawing PS100,000 from his company without permission and taking up to three hours to respond to urgent calls.
A REDCAR woman has praised out-of-hours
doctors who helped her care for her terminally ill mother.