Call for practices to commission out-of-hours care

GP practices should be responsible for commissioning out-of-hours care, the NHS Alliance has said.

Michael Dixon
Michael Dixon

Last week’s damning Healthcare Commission review of urgent care confirms that GPs are best placed to ensure better integrated care, the Alliance argued.

Its chairman Dr Michael Dixon said it would be ‘impossible and unsafe’ to ask GPs to provide out-of-hours care themselves.

‘But that doesn’t mean they ever wanted to give up all responsibility for their patients,’ he said.

‘Practices should reclaim that responsibility. And PCTs should work with them to commission joined up services that fit the needs of patients — instead of expecting patients to fit into whatever the service decides to provide.’

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