PM 'anxious' on out-of-hours

Davies, Edward
October 2004
GP: General Practitioner;10/29/2004, p16
The article highlights that according to Great Britain's Department of Health only a fifth of primary care trusts have taken over out-of-hours responsibility from general practitioners (GP). Both British Prime Minister Tony Blair and health secretary John Reid are said to be anxious about this issue. The figures were revealed by Gary Belfield, the head of primary care of the Department of Health, at recent National Health Service (NHS)Alliance conference in Bournemouth. Belfield was also concerned about clinical engagement in primary care trusts, saying the lack of GP involvement could be the biggest threat to change in the NHS. He spelt out the government's priorities for health over the next two years.


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