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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 reveals – and an overwhelming majority believe the GPC should make it clear such proposals are ‘unacceptable’ without waiting for further detail to emerge.

The snapshot poll of almost 450 GPs was commissioned by Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire LMC early last week following press reports trailing health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s speech, in which he suggested that the GP contract would have to be changed to hand back responsibility for patients’ out-of-hours care to general practice.

The survey is the first to examine how GPs could respond to Mr Hunt’s proposed changes, and the strongest indication yet of the depth of feeling among grassroots doctors.

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2 Responses to “Six in ten GPs ‘could resign’ over out-of-hours plans”

  1. Anon says:

    Oh dear, 60% of GPs resigning! What is going to happen to the A&E dept? Nothing significant really. Business as usual in A&E, busy, busy, busy.

  2. jr says:

    High Ane attendances and new GP contracts are not linked at all..the problem has aroused due to NHS 111 taking over NHS direct, drawing of funding from social care and OOH. Bringing changes which are not evidence based or tested bring nothing but a hospital Dr GPs working hrs need to be regulated and 24/7 can’t be expected. Currently a GP starts his day at 8am and finishes at 7pm and hardly any break..its hard enough..

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