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Topic: out of hours

November 2, 2007
Survey reveals that almost half of GPs have had complaints from patients about their out-of-hours provision

The majority of GPs believe that out-of-hours care has deteriorated since primary care trusts (PCTs) took control of the service in 2004, according to a new study.

Under a new contract which was brought in that year, family doctors were allowed to opt out of providing round-the-clock care for patients if they agreed to take a £6,000 annual drop in wages.

November 1, 2007

The Department of Health (DH) has defended itself after a survey highlighted the difficulties that British patients have in seeing GPs out of hours.

The study, which was carried out by the Health Foundation think tank, also revealed that people in the UK face longer waits for nonemergency surgery than those in some other western countries.

Some 55% of UK patients said they had problems getting access to GP care on weekends and nights.

This was worse than Germany, the Netherlands and New Zealand, the report said.