Out-of-hours warning30th August 2007
A survey of GPs has revealed that they believe patient care has not been improved in Scotland as a result of doctors’ surgeries having stopped providing out-of-hours services.
Audit Scotland found just 11% of GPs felt the changes had helped patients and it warned that the way the service is provided risks becoming unsustainable and must be changed. GPs have been able to opt out of providing late-night and weekend care since 2004 but Audit Scotland found that only one in nine doctors thought patient care was better under the new arrangements.
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