Posts Tagged ‘Out-of-hours’

Time to get your house in order over A&E

First it was all a bit of 'fun', then it was black humour and now it's just silly. We seem to be falling over each other to blame someone for the A&E c...

Six in ten GPs ‘could resign’ over out-of-hours plans

Six out of ten GPs would consider resigning if the Government forces GPs to take back out-of-hours responsibility, a survey of hundreds of grassroots GPs r...

Shared responsibility needed for OOH cover

As the entirely predictable (and in my view avoidable) A&E crisis rumbles on it is equally predictable that the “name, blame and shame” game will c...

GPs must work harder – really, says who?

I’ve been quietly seething all day about an article of incomparable daftness that I read in The Times yesterday, and as it involved the NHS, it was up ag...

“A&E pressure is the biggest NHS challenge”

The pressure on A&E is the biggest operational challenge facing the NHS currently and the "disastrous" GP contract is largely to blame, the health secr...

Acute trusts should take over out-of-hours care

It's late Friday evening, the 87-year-old frail lady, living alone at home, finds herself on the floor. Not sure what happened, she is frightened and her r...

“Clinical review system promotes patient safety”

Serco has managed and operated the GP Out of Hours service on behalf of Cornwall & Isles of Scilly PCT for many years. The service is being carried out...

Private health contractor’s staff told to cut 999 calls

Call handlers staffing an out-of-hours GP service run by the private contractor Serco have been told to make new checks before calling 999 when they receiv...

Low staff levels not only reason for death rates

Low staffing levels are not the only reason why mortality rates increase in hospitals at weekends, two leading experts claim on bmj.com. Andrew Goddard,...

“More consultant cover needed out-of-hours”

Senior doctors need to be more available to work in acute admissions units, a survey finds. The research, by the Royal College of Physicians, on the way c...

Patients deserve better out-of-hours care

For many years now the Royal College of Physicians has been working to improve acute care in hospitals, from creating the specialty of acute medicine to pr...