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Jeremy Hunt has said there are “too many choices” in urgent care, leading to confusion among patients who as a result are not always able to access medical help when they need it.
The government would step in to save GP out of hours services “on the verge of collapsing” if nearby providers running extended hours services made them financially unsustainable, a health minister has told MPs.
The government’s flagship policy for extending primary care access is pushing up the cost of GP shifts and destabilising existing out of hours services, several sector leaders have warned.
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Talks between NHS Employers and the BMA
NHS England is looking at how to bring down financial barriers deterring GPs from taking on out of hours work, participating in new care models and expanding primary care, HSJ has learned.
NHS Employers has accused the British Medical Association junior doctors committee of ‘a staggering lack of understanding’ over the proposals to change medical contracts.
COMMERCIAL: Commissioners across the East Midlands are looking to extend their contracts with the region’s biggest providers of NHS 111 services by six months. It follows an NHS England moratorium on procuring fresh contracts until September.